Director: Lee Daniels Screenplay: Geoffrey S. Fletcher, based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey Time: 110min Age Restriction: 16LV
Precious is a gruelling account of abuse and a desperate search for self-worth.
Claireese Precious Jones is a sixteen-year-old girl who is now pregnant with her second child by her father. She has never learnt to read and is experiencing problems at school. Her mother sits at home all day, waiting for Precious to come home so that she can emotionally and physically abuse her.
Precious has dreamed up many delusions to escape the bleakness of her life. Things start changing when she is sent to Each One Teach One, an "alternative school", where for the first time she encounters someone who really cares for her and actively tries to help her.
Precious is a harsh dose of reality. If you go to the cinema for a bit of escapism, do not watch this film. It is a harrowing, draining experience that will chill you to the bone.
But in amongst the desolation, there are glimpses of humour and kindness. Precious shows the human need and greed for love and the positive impact one can have on a person's life.
You can make a difference. And sometimes you have to – because no-one else will.