I will let you know right off the bat that this is going to be a very heavy film. 'Precious' premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and it got rave reviews. I myself did not get a chance to see while I was up there unfortunately. The title of the film up at Sundance was 'Push' after the book it is based on by Sapphire. As depressing and sad as this movie looks it is one that carry's a message of hope.
The story is set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-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 (Mo'Nique), 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. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of "alternative," but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Here is part of a review that was given over at cinematical.
Precious, in addition to her physical problems, lacks even basic self-esteem, and Push is largely about her journey toward normalcy. Things will never be super-awesome for her; the point is that she can learn to cope with life and find a semblance of happiness and self-respect. She sums up her attitude thus: "The other day, I cried. I felt stupid. But you know what? F*** that day." That day is gone. What happens today and tomorrow is what's important. That feeling of hopefulness, not the awfulness that precedes it, is what you'll take with you when the film is over.
This is just one of those kinds of stories that need to be told. Checkout the trailer below.