Posted by: unhcragd | October 22, 2009

Life is Precious

Here is a trailer for the Oprah Winfery/Tyler Perry backed film “Precious,” based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire. The film features comic Mo’Nique Paula Patton and Mariah Carey.  Gabourey Sidibe plays the title role of the obese Harlem teenager caught up in a cycle of abuse, incest and poverty. The New York Times, calls Sidibe’s first film performance “terrific” and “dazzling.”

Click here for a film review by Emily Watson of the Women’s Media Center.

Here are some excerpts from that review:

One reason for all the attention to the movie may be all the big names associated with it: Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are executive producers; the comedian Mo’Nique plays the abusive mother; Mariah Carey is a social worker; and Lenny Kravitz has a role as a nurse.

But Patton, who plays Precious’ teacher, Ms. Rain, thinks there’s a reason other than star power why audiences have embraced the movie. She says Precious, in spite of telling such a specific story, universally speaks to people who feel cast aside and ignored. As an illustration she tells a story about an older white man who stood up after the screening at Sundance and said he had never cried at a film before, and the movie told his story.

“I didn’t know an audience like that could embrace an all-black film and give it the love that they gave it, and it just blew me away, ” she says. “It was very healing for me as a black woman in America.”

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