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Precious 2009

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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, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

Starring:
Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 49 minutes
Starring Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Nealla Gordon, Sherri Shepherd, Mo'nique, Gabourey Sidibe
Director Lee Daniels
Genres Drama
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 May 2010
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Original title Precious - Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 49 minutes
Starring Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Nealla Gordon, Sherri Shepherd, Mo'nique, Gabourey Sidibe
Director Lee Daniels
Genres Drama
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 May 2010
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Original title Precious - Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire

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Fantastic DVD which made me feel so protective over the main character and also so proud. Despite a horrific young life with everything stacked against her, Precious triumphs over adversity. Moving and utterly watchable!!!!! Do not be surprised if you shed a few tears!
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I liked this film, for its honesty, its reflection of a lifestyle that is (thankfully) beyond comprehension for the majority of its watchers. The film, although less brutal than the book, is a glimpse into a world of low self-esteem, where the central character struggles to find her identity - beyond that of her welfare cheque grabbing mother. So yes, there are many flashback scenes - to a world where Precious hopes to live, complete with light skinned boyfriend and flash dresses - but they are integral to the self-denial that people suffering low self-esteem have as a defence mechanism. In that sense Precious is a very real film, a film that does the social duty of showing the majority population the problems of people who are outside the 'norm' - by being fat, black or poor. A final sentence on the performance of Mariah Carey - expertly cast as a social worker type - fantastic and one can only hope she gives up her day job as a singer!
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Format: Blu-ray
At first glance, Precious looks like one of those dodgy tv movies that you get on channel 5 or hallmark in the afternoons, but Precious is miles better than that. This is quite simply a stunning film, one of the most well acted films that you'll see this year. It's very bleak, and you'll have every sympathy with the lead character played by the fantastic Gabourey Sidibe, a complete newcomer with apparently no acting experience, in fact, you could say that her tale is as worthy of being turned into a film as Precious herself. Mo'nique thoroughly deserves the best supporting actress oscar, playing a truly vile character and Mariah Carey is a complete revelation as a social worker. This is an excellent film that took me completely by surprise.
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I heard alot of good reveiws about this movie but I wanted to get a visula for myself. This movie is not easy on the eye but that is what makes it so great because it depicts REAL life. Monique is just fantastic she becomes her role. Everyone else plays there part but monique stands out the most for me. Thoroughly enjoyed. Glad that I bought it.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a powerfull drama that tells of a sixteen year old girl who is expecting her second child , both as a result of being raped by her father.
She lives with her mother and suffers constant abuse both verbal and physical.
'Claireece (Precious) Jones' imagines a very different world for herself to blot out the bad things in her life.
She aspires for things to change for her and her child, things start to work out for the better after being expelled from her school, a teacher points her to a more specialised teaching unit which together with a new social worker helping 'Precious' discover a different direction in life.
Perhaps things can start to change for 'Precious' for her, and now two children.
This is an intense film in which 'Gabourney Sidibie' shines in her first film role( as 'Precious' )
With supporting roles from 'Mariah Carey' and 'Lenny Kravitz' the film will allmost certainly hold your attenion.
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Precious is an extraordinary film that unfolds without grace, or ease. There is no sweetness to balance the bitter. There is no relief from the pain, no moment of glory or time between tragedy. This film did not make me laugh. It made me cry. And I cried - not a salty single tear that made me feel connected to our heroin, not the tears that come when pain collides with hope. These tears stung my crumpled face as I held on to my heart bursting with the force of hopelessness and despair that crept up like damp in my soul.

The clenched fist of this film reached for my guts and left me with nothing. When I walked out of the movie theatre and back into the LA sunshine I was numbed, silenced. I watched chicken soup tv that night and went to bed early. Then they came - the feelings, the thoughts the reflections. What an extraordinary performance by Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, her flesh dwarfed by her spirit in a role that will surely win her an Oscar. Where did Monique find the humanity to anchor the film in a scene that allowed us to have empathy for the monster who would be mother? And how did director Lee Daniels inspire these actors to play amongst the dirt?

I watched this film as a woman, as a black woman and as a black woman sitting in America. There are a few important facts about Precious. Firstly it is not a true story, it does however look and feel like a true story and the fact that it is almost beyond our comprehension only serves to compound the illusion It is far too real. It is some body's reality. Secondly, this is the story of abuse, deprivation and illiteracy and yet it has been presented as a Black American story.
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A hard film to watch to have to watch the suffering Precious goes through. Disturbing, but very good film. Only wish the ending gave us some indication of what lied ahead for Precious rather than just knowing she had escaped the brutality of her mother and abuse inflicted on her by others.
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