Beauty and the Breast

2012, 86 min.

Beauty and the Breast (2012)
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Awards

2012
London Film Awards
Grand Jury Prize & Best First-Time Director

Montreal World Film Festival
Best Documentary

Production
Director Liliana Komorowska
Screenplay Liliana Komorowska
Cinematography Jan Pawel Pelech, Van Royko, Stephanie Weber Biron,
Tomi Grgicewic, Zacharie Fay, Sebastien Duguay, Beata Golembiowska
Music Pawel Lucewicz
Producer Liliana Komorowska
Story
A compelling and intimate insight into the devastating reality of breast cancer, as seen through the eyes of nine female patients.
Their individual stories and different points of view help demystify the deadly disease while painting poignant and often humorous intimate portraits of struggle, survival and hope.
The full-length documentary begins with the stories of a few patients, whose lumps are initially considered benign. Navigating the resistant medical system, these women felt lost, helpless and terrified. But thanks to their intuition and persistence, they eventually got the right diagnosis.
The film depicts the process of learning and accepting the terrifying verdict, and details the complexities of every stage of the disease. by following the patients’ spiritual transformations, we witness how their minds and personalities are affected by the whole experience on an emotional level. Candid and self-effacing, the women bare their souls as well as their scars. Regardless of their social status, looks and age, they manage to dismiss society’s general perception of feminine beauty and adapt to living with their mutilated bodies while still maintaining strength, grace and pride.
Beauty and the Breast is not only invaluable as a testament to human resilience, but it also proves that it’s possible to reach timeless wisdom in the face of adversity.