You are totally right.
Goal is the best possible photo - yes.
The idea behind it was that sometimes the “Filters” with sharpening, demoiréing, denoising etc. etc. from programs which try to get the look of special film material to a photo are probably so near to get this photo in it’s characteristic/impact, that i looked through the filters of G’MIC in order to find something - but i am not getting results still.
I am not a photographer. May i shortly explain in my words for what i am looking? To get readers attention right to the point the photo has to reach high level with all the famous 5 F. Sure, Veuve-Arlette can be shown as an original print, ready. But: That would be far away from which i want to tell the reader (just through the photograpy).
Another example. I found several years ago those photos from Leica of young cuban boxer showing only the face in F1.2 taken with their summicron. Eyes, nose sharp, the ear is getting unsharp - perhaps you know that portraits.
Ah, sportsmen, you could think, but with this bw-photo the face of the boxer just jump into my face like a stroke (uh, yea, this summicron strikes me always), because all hopes of this poor young man in cuba was captered too. The photo how it was found, focussed, framed and presented with F1.2 gave me years later an impression of cuban’s historic situation, millieu etc - only with one photo. Well done! G’MIC is only a tool but if i exactly know how and what to tell this tool gets mightier than i can expect.