Precious

Precious

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"Precious is set in Harlem 1987 and about Clareece 'Precious' Jones - an obese and impoverished African American teenager, systematically abused emotionally and physically by her mother and repeatedly raped by her mother's boyfriend. Pregnant by him for a second time, she is expelled from school, and recommended to attend 'Each One Teach One', an alternative education centre where she meets an inspiring teacher who prods her into seeing that there could be hope for a better life." (53rd London Film Festival)

2009Rating: R16, contains violence, sexual violence, offensive language and content that may disturb 109 minsUSA
Drama
Director:
Lee Daniels ('Shadowboxer')
Writer:
Geoffrey Fletcher
Cast:
Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidi

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Precious | Awards

Award Winner
Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique), 2010. Audience Award, Grand Jury and Special Jury winner at Sundance Film Festival 2009. Audience Award winner at Toronto Film Festival 2009.

Precious | Reviews

Variety

Variety

An urban nightmare with a surfeit of soul, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire is like a diamond -- clear, bright, but oh so hard.

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Total Film

Total Film

A moving mix of melodrama and social tract graced by courage, heart, soul and a lumbering but resilient heroine.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Nimble and self-assured as Mr. Daniels’s direction may be, he could not make you believe in “Precious” unless you were able to believe in Precious herself. You will.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

A movie about an obese Harlem teenager who's raped by her father and abused by her mother. It's depressing, devastating, harrowing and repulsive. But there are lyric flights of hope interspersed among that raw naturalism, and that's what makes this movie amazing.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

By now the buzz surrounding this film has filtered through to here, but those seeking escapist entertainment beware; Precious is raw, uncompromising and damn depressing - but just a little brilliant.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

An emotionally exhausting, brilliantly acted, riveting film.

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Newshub

Newshub

I can only say, if you’re up for it, this film is one of the most powerful and moving few hours you will ever spend in a cinema.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

As Precious, Sidibe is superb, allowing us to see the inner warmth and beauty of a young woman who, to her world's cruel eyes, might seem monstrous.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

While it may not be perfect on a technical level, dramatically it’s a blow-your-socks-off triumph. Be moved. Very, very moved.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

Precious does what it does, and tells what it tells, with a power and a style that has never been brought to bear on this material before. In the lead role, debutante actor Gabourey Sidibe is astonishing.

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Precious | Release Details

Precious is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.