“Precious” Set for Nationwide Release

Several years ago, I read the novel Push written by performance poet, Sapphire.  I remember climbing into bed one night to read it and finishing it at about 5 AM.  Several times I had to put the book down for a few minutes, just to get myself together, to breathe.   Once I put the book down for the final time, I still couldn’t sleep: I was emotionally wrung out and deeply disturbed.  It’s hard to recover from a book that opens with: I was left back when I was twelve because I had a baby for my fahver…”

Though a work of fiction, the novel’s main character, Precious Jones–an obese, illiterate, HIV-positive teenager who is sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by both her parents, and is pregnant with her second child (again, by her father)–was made very real to me by Sapphire’s unrelenting prose.  I cried for all the Preciouses that I know actually exist.  Never before had I had such a harrowing reading experience.  So, I simultaneously brace myself and eagerly anticipate seeing Precious’s story on the big screen this fall.  

Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) struggles in the face of horrific realities with the odds very much stacked against her. But with the help and kindness of a teacher, a nurse (Lenny Kravitz), and a social worker (yes, that’s a very scrubbed down Mariah Carey in the trailer), Precious is able to find her voice through literature and journaling.

As was previously reported on this site, the film, originally titled, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, landed a distribution deal with Lionsgage after a prize-winning turn at Sundance in January.  Directed by Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball),  the film has been renamed Precious to further distinguish it from Push, a sci-fi action film released earlier this year.

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry will support the distribution of the movie in November of this year through their film companies Harpo Films and 34th Street Films, respectively.

by Deesha Philyaw
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8 Comments Have Been Posted

I knew Mariah could act

I got really excited about this movie back when I first read about it in Tammy's post. I'm so glad it has a release date now! And I'm so glad that Mo'nique and Mariah are taking dramatic turns in it. The 11-year-old in me who danced his ass off to Mariah Carey's Emotions album knows she's better than glitter. And Lee Daniels is just awesome. I just put the book on hold at the library. I'm definitely bringing a few boxes of Kleenex with me when this movie comes out.


Have you read "Erasure" by Percival Everett? If not, you should.

Both Gabourey Sidibe and

<p>Both Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique look like they're going to be great. I'm glad to see that Tyler Perry is using some of that Hollywood 'weight' of his for this too. I think it went through a lot before it finally got distribution help—right?</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

If the trailer made you tear up...

Then the movie is bound to be good. Gabourey Sidibe was blowin' my mind in that trailer. And go 'head MoNique and Mariah and woman from Deja Vu who isn't popular enough for me to know your name yet. Oooh, I have chills.

Paula Patton

You're talking about Paula Patton who, incidentally, is married to singer Robin Thicke who wrote and produced a track for the film.

Where is Precious?

There is no press regarding release dates of the film Precious here in vancouver, bc at all. where is it? when is it going to be released wider?

Wrong director

Lee Daniels did not direct Monster's Ball. That was directed by the German-Swiss Marc Forster.

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