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Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
Set in Harlem in 1987, claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret..she can't read.
This is just an awful movie, made by somebody with contempt for cinema, apparently. Poverty porn for people who like hand-wringing in the comfort of their sitting room instead of actual change in the lives of others...
I'm not quite sure what to make of this film. On the one hand the one-dimensional characters and escapist fantasy sections can be explained by the film's fairytale-like structure but it doesn't make it a satisfying experience. Because all the characters are either good or (very) bad with no grey areas in-between it makes what happens to Precious, which should be incredibly harrowing, strangely distancing. The use of fantasy sections also feels clumsy and poorly implemented. It is not the first time a distressing story has used similarly escapist elements (Dancer in the Dark instantly springs to mind) but these sections never actually progress the story, instead they seem to be there solely to make the grim bits more palatable.…
Imagine if you had a friend who doesn’t listen to anyone telling him/her watch yourself (i.e. they have a “do whatever I want” mentality); imagine that person who have been meaning to lose weight and refuse to do so in a proper manner (say exercise 3 times a week). Instead he decides to cut back from fast food, but he decides to order a tick-approved salad from McDonalds served with high amounts of salt and somehow he lost weight. When he tells you about his salad diet, you’re thinking “but you’re still eating fast food.” This is how I feel when audiences and critics applauded Precious, which is directed by Lee Daniels and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, one of the…
Precious is a girl who is the embodiment of bad luck. Born into an abusive and incest-involved family, living in a dump, aged 16 and has already (ALREADY) given birth to 2 children, she has been dealt the wrong hand to say the least. Precious seems to glide through her life, harboring anger that she never acts on and knowledge that she never explores. Lee Daniels' has crafted a raw and emotional yet rather muddled film, but nonetheless it is a very important watch.
Precious (no, I'm not calling it Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire because that's...no, why try and call it that producers? Just, no.) is all about an overweight, unfortunate teen -- Precious (Gabourey Sidibe),…
Pobre mina, le pasa de todo, encima la hacen actuar con Mariah Carey
I can remember watching snippets of this film when it first came out. I couldn't really remember the story particularly well, so I decided to give it another go. I couldn't get through the whole thing. Disgusting, racist, misogynistic emotional torture porn.
Full of brilliant acting, but not a film easy to deal with. With probably the worst mother in a film somebody can imagine. But I think I would appreciate the book more.
Lo único bueno son las actuaciones, asique una estrella para la que hace de Precious y otra estrella para la madre.
Precious may look like it's a little manipulative at times, but in my opinion, it was an emotionally stirring, honest, and eerily realistic film that is all but an easy watch, but its powerful performances and taut direction make it a really intense experience. Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, and Paula Patton are simply splendid.
Female sexuality shaming
Dehumanization of people with disabilities
While it certainly veers on the melodramatic side at times, what truly carries this film is a strong cast of actors making good use of the material, especially scene chewer, Monique.
" For Precious girls everywhere"
While living in an abusive home in Harlem a young girl is pushed into a life where she is raped, beat, verbally assaulted and a slave in her own home. Now pregnant by her absent father for the second time she dreams of a life that she wishes she could have, a life of love and happiness which is not present in her current life. Precious struggles in school and is far behind from where she should be educationally, with the school concerned for her well being they approach her mother who is the source of Precious's ordeal. Her mother Mary is angered by the fact that Precious's father Carl finds his pleasure in his…
I feel like this film sets out to do all sorts of really interesting things but never quite pulls the elements together. The fantasy sequences, for instance, don't add a whole lot, and the finale doesn't really provide the catharsis it seems to think it does (at least for me).
I don't think "poverty porn" is really a fair charge though. It doesn't have that voyeuristic quality (well, maybe some of the material with the mother does). I think it sheds light on experiences that aren't often represented in cinema - you don't see enough female, black, poor, or overweight protagonist, let alone one who is all at the same time - even if those experiences may be a little too dramatized for some critics' tastes. And there are some really fantastic performances in this movie.
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
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