Oprah may not have been able to secure the Olympic bid for Chicago, but she is getting some traction promoting Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. The movie, which is also backed by Tyler Perry, and guest stars Mariah Carey, is about an HIV-positive, obese teenage girl (Gabourey “Gabbie” Sidibe) living in the ghetto, and pregnant for the second time by her abusive father. From the trailer and other clips I’ve seen, the acting and storytelling is rigidly realistic and dares to delve deep into the bleak life of Claireece “Precious” Jones. However, Precious isn’t all gloom and despair, it’s also a movie of hope. Hope for love, enjoyment, and maybe even happiness in even some of the worst situations we can find ourselves in.
Like a proverb, the movie’s trailer lays it out simply: Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is precious.
Precious opens in select U.S. cities November 06, and should be just about everywhere November 20. This honest ghetto tale has already taken Cannes, Sundance, and the Toronto Film Festival by storm, and is looking hopefully towards Oscar nominations. Mariah has received quite a bit of attention because of her bare-faced portrayal of a social worker. The film also stars Lenny Kravitz, Mo’nique, and Paula Patton. Go to www.weareallprecious.com to see more. As the title states, the movie is based on a novel by Sapphire (born Ramona Lofton), a poet, dancer novelist who taught reading to children in Harlem and the Bronx.
Watch the trailer and view more pics below: