If there is a film that has earned a bad reputation this year, it is Precious. I cannot tell you how many people I’ve spoken to who have said that they won’t see Precious because it seems “too sad.” What a poor excuse to not see a movie that is one hundred percent the most beautiful film of the year.
Based on the novel Push, Precious tells the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones. The year is 1987 and Precious lives in Harlem with her abusive mother Mary. Precious has already given birth to a child by her father, and is now pregnant with another by him. She is illiterate, angry, and unbeknownst to her, HIV positive.
While the foundation for Precious is gloomy, it is the film’s progression that is full of so much hope, love, and sheer magnificence. Precious is a film about the power of love and compassion. To be more specific, it is about how the power of womanhood and how unity, affection, and self-expression can overcome any form of pain and hatred.