Magazine article New Internationalist

Precious

Magazine article New Internationalist

Precious

Article excerpt

Precious (209 minutes)

based on the novel Push by Sapphire

directed by Lee Daniels

Claireece Precious Jones is a 15-year-old AfricanAmerican with a child by her father, who lives elsewhere, and another by him on the way. Her mother doesn't work, mostly only watches TV, bullies her, beats her, and throws back in her face the meals she cooks. School is unruly, and Precious is impassive, silent, friendless and illiterate.

It's a grim life, to say the least, and Precious escapes with fantasies of herself as a singing star in glittery videos. But she is observant, smart at maths, and not easily cowed. When her school tutor learns that Precious is pregnant again, she offers her a place in an alternative school. Precious doesn't know what 'alternative' means, but her life changes.

The film is big on the personal empowerment dynamic. …

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