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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.
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.…
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...
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),…
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…
¨Some folks has a lot of things around them that shines for other peoples. I think that maybe some of them was in tunnels. And in that tunnel, the only light they had, was inside of them. And then long after they escape that tunnel, they still be shining for everybody else. ¨
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (yes that is the original title of the film, but we will just abbreviate it to Precious) is a very powerful movie that serves as a social critique on child abuse. This is a very real and raw movie that touches very difficult subject matters that most Hollywood producers would like to stay away from. It shows us another…
Pobre mina, le pasa de todo, encima la hacen actuar con Mariah Carey
There are two problems with "Precious", one of which has to do with the film itself and the other one with the story and its source material.
First, the film.
Lee Daniels is mentally and physically incapable of crafting an honest drama. Where Steve McQueen would let the story tell itself just by putting a camera in the corner and allowing the actors to convey the emotions, hardships, drama and everything that goes into the story of "Precious", Lee Daniels feels compelled to insert heavy-handed editing, slow-motion and pseudo-artistic insert shots that ultimately detract from the power of the visuals. Instead, "Precious" looks, feels and smells of an after-school special. It's a result of over-analysing every little scene, which holds…
Drama que destaca por las interpretaciones tan poderosas de los actores, sobre todo la de Mo'Nique, un monstruo con forma humana. A pesar de la cantidad de 'mierda' que cae sobre Precious, la película no cae en el melodrama absurdo y manipulador, generador de la lágrima fácil (como lo han hecho en otras películas con el arquetipo "persona que ha sufrido y ahora intenta superarse", por ejemplo, I Am Sam). De hecho, ahora que la vuelvo a ver, noto que a pesar de lo cruda que es en ciertos momentos, tiene un semblante positivo.
Destaco el montaje, muy bien logrado, en especial las escenas en las que Precious fantasea. Son tan visualmente bellas pero a la vez tan tristes... y pensándolo bien, eso último define lo que es este film
The struggles of an over-weight teenage girl who lives on the fringes of society, provides captivating social commentary and insight into an overlooked world. While the issues and atrocities surrounding our protagonist horrifying make viewers want to turn away, her ambitious and humble nature forces us to continue watching. The cast of relatively unknown actors adds a layer of unsettling realism which enhances the pieces core message; society cannot change if those in it don't pay attention to its ills.
Mawkish suffering narrative about a sexual abuse victim attempting to lift herself up via alternative education during a second pregnancy is undercut in part by a strange structure that starts the title character out miserable and builds on her miseries and tragedies then just ends; there's not really a "triumph" here, which may be to the film's credit, but Precious' plight is so severe, in the vein of a Dave Pelzer book, that it seems exploitative. It doesn't help that Mo'Nique essentially overtakes the narrative with a closing theatrical monologue that lays out her character's failure as a mother and is by far the most compelling moment of the film. Nevertheless, the movie is sharply funny at times -- especially…
One of the most hard-hitting dramas I've seen. Monique is unforgettable in her Oscar-winning role.
Precious, based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, and directed by Lee Daniels, is probably the most provocative film of 2009, but it is also a brave film that refuses to pander to the audience. Gabourey Sidibe in the title role, her acting debut, gives a shattering performance, and her counterpart, Mo’Nique, as her evil mother, is even better, delivering the most ferocious and terrifying portrayal of 2009. Both women are deserving of Oscar nominations. Even without the acting, the film manages to be both hopeful and heartbreaking, and I could truly relate to the characterization of Precious. This film isn’t easy to watch, but it has made its mark as one of the best of its year.
This is a rough film to watch but very good. The acting is excellent throughout.
I will physically fight anyone who has a bad thing to say about Gabi Sidibe.
This is such an important story. It just emanates the truth of female power. If you don't believe me, try to name five other films in which the lead is a WOC or overweight, let alone both. I can probably list two.
Precious is far from the conventional female character, but it makes her so much better. She's a seventeen year old victim of incestuous molestation, a mother of a toddler with Down's and a newborn, illiterate, and barely even living on wellfare. Oh AND she's HIV positive. But by the end of the film, Precious is preparing to continue her school through college, living in a safe home, and taking care of her kids, out of reach of the demons of her past, and that was the sort of ending you only encounter once in a blue moon.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…