Precious

I watched this movie last night.

I watched it and I cried.

I cried and I raged and I cried some more.

Based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, this screenplay visits some of the darkest and yet, most ‘real’ places I have been taken to by a work of fiction. It is the heartbreaking story of Precious (played by Gabourney Sidibe), an obese sixteen year old and the crucible of abuse and worthlessness from which she must rise.

I was blown away by the gritty, no-holds-barred look at the realities of this illiterate teenager’s life- hated by her mother, raped and impregnated by her father, rejected or ignored by society and cut off from the means of improving herself- and her slow and painful journey to a more hopeful place. Having said that, the horrific abuse she suffers is more implied than seen (though you see more than you’d want to) and the director(Lee Daniels) has cleverly woven the fabric of Precious’ own fantasy world to mask, as Precious herself does, the visceral shock of seeing this girl ripped to shreds at the hands of those who are supposed to love and care for her.

Gabourney Sidibe is heartbreaking and believable as Precious, no small feat when you see how little she herself resembles the character in all but the physical sense. Mo’Nique gives a harrowing performance as the mother and Paula Patton shines as Ms Rain. Mariah Carey plays the social worker and Lenny Kravitz makes an appearance as Nurse John. There is little or no ‘dressing up’ of this story and the actors themselves remained largely unadorned (Mariah Carey performed with no make-up at all or with bags added under her eyes to make her look washed out and tired) and the result is a gut-wrenching, documentary like feel that lets you know that this work of fiction is art imitating life, that thousands if not millions of young women face these realities each day, hate themselves this much, long for a better life with this much passion.

Precious moved me, woke me up, healed me even. This movie was amazing. Shocking. Precious.

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  1. Erin
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 10:09:00

    I want to see this. D isn’t into this kind of movie, but he’s about to go away to SA for a month so I shall get this out one night and have a movie night on my own to take this one in. Thanks for the review.

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