Monday, February 8, 2016

Precious (2009)

Academy Awards, USA 2010

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Geoffrey Fletcher
Geoffrey Fletcher became the first African American to win a Best Screenplay Oscar (Original or ... More
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Lee Daniels
Sarah Siegel-Magness
Gary Magness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Gabourey Sidibe
Best Achievement in Directing
Lee Daniels
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Joe Klotz

Directed by Lee Daniels
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Lionsgate)

Vivid portrait of 16-year-old high schooler "Precious" and her attempts to make a life for herself and her children. She lives at home with an abusive mother, whose husband has sexually abused her since childhood and fathered both her children. She is unpopular at school due to her massive, overweight frame and aloofness. She escapes through elaborate fantasies involving a teacher or other unreachable men. She is sent to an "alternative school" where she bonds with other misfits under the tutelage of a dedicated teacher who forces them to learn to read and write. A raw, painful journey, difficult to watch at times, but ultimately one worth taking.

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