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THE BEAUTY EXCHANGE

by Erika Hníková

synopsis

A tragicomic documentary about four women who live under the sway of the ever-present ideal of the perfect female body. Eva entrusts her body and her life savings to a plastic surgeon so that he may fulfil her lifelong dream: having bigger breasts. Magda tries every '100% tried and tested' (and untested) slimming product. Karolína uses all sorts of expensive cosmetic products and follows the latest fashion trends. A rather inconspicuous student named Zuzana enters the Top Model of the New Millennium contest and is transformed into a fashion icon. All of them long for perfect bodies, like those they see on the cover of women's magazines. They are led into this by an irrational urge, an unspoken passion to fulfil ideals presented to them by beauty magazines And all of them fight for that perfect form by any means necessary...

international title: The Beauty Exchange
original title: Zeny pro meny
country: Czech Republic
year: 2003
genre: documentary
directed by: Erika Hníková
film run: 77'
screenplay: Erika Hníková
cinematography by: Marek Janda
film editing: Jakub Hejna
producer: Jan Hlavsa
production: Endorfilm, FAMU
distributor: Bontonfilm
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