Precious – An horrible tale that makes for an excellent film

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) is shocking yet so touching. Lee Daniels skilfully defies traditional Hollywood storytelling with his second film as a director.

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She has everything you would never want. She has been through everything you would never want to go through. Precious is everything you would never want to be.

And yet she remains so beautifuly human you can’t help but deeply sympathise. She is so hopeful with her life, you can’t help but admire.

Most of us would have comitted suicide after experiencing such contempt, disrespect, and hatred. Claireece “Precious” Jones hasn’t. She lives on as a startling proof  that in the most miserable situations hope can still triumph against despair. (Read the synopsis)

Lee Daniel’s tour de force

Lee Daniel’s latest release  Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire (2009) is profoundly shocking. The storyline might seem violent and appaling. It definitely comes as a slap on the face to the viewer. But it is astonishing.

Precious is a simple film that makes you feel something strong. It affects your emotions. It disturbs. It juices you up as much as it drains you dry.

Precious‘ narrative flows smoothly with continuous disclosures, hooking the viewer through a number of “revealing and moving scenes”. The cinematography, handled by Andrew Dunn (Gosford Park, Edge of Darkness) is brilliant, representing Precious’ world “mostly raw but on occasion appropriately romantic”.

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Among the 70 awards won by the film since its release, Mo’nique won a well-deserved golden globe, an academy award and an oscar for her performance as Precious’ mother. Lee Daniels was also honored in a number of festival including Deauville, Sundance and Toronto.

My Verdict: definitely worth a watch. (check out the trailer)

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