The movie Precious True Story: The narrative of Claireece “Precious” Jones — the pregnant African-American adolescent who was a victim of incest and abuse — is well-known to moviegoers because of the controversial and award-winning film Precious, which starred Gabourey Sidibe. The novel Push by Sapphire served as the inspiration for the film.
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She does an impromptu version of her dance for my benefit, after which she falls down, grinning, and takes a few deep breaths. “The best thing, though, is that it isn’t actually about me at all.
This has all happened as a result of the book’s film adaptation, which I said I would never allow being made because I was concerned that it would sensationalize the subject. What a blunder I made! Because this video is a revelation, and it is exposing tough problems like obesity and teen pregnancy to a broader audience, I believe it deserves to be seen.”
Precious, the film named for its protagonist, was a smash hit in the United States when it was released just before Christmas, and it is being anxiously expected in the United Kingdom later this month.
Although it stars an unlikely heroine, a 25-stone black girl with HIV who is illiterate and pregnant (for the second time) with her father’s unborn kid, the film has received excellent reviews overall. We see her transformation from an inchoate adolescent who believes she is unattractive and stupid and who lives in a dark world of sorrow to a young woman with poise and self-belief under the compassionate guidance of her committed literacy instructor in Harlem.
Plot / Story
Sapphire and I meet in Manhattan the day after her book, Push, debuted at the top of the New York Times bestsellers list. She is giddy with excitement and cannot sit still.
“You f***ing right, I’m excited,” she adds at the café. I began dancing around my flat when I received the news. Usually, my neighbors inform me that I should tone down the volume. This time, the music originated within my thoughts. “I’m number one, sweetie,” I repeated again.
She does a little version of her dance for me and then lays down, grinning and inhaling deeply. I appreciate that it is not all about myself. On the back is a trailer for the book. I advised them against making the film, fearful that it would add excitement to the story. How I was incorrect! Because this film is unexpected because it brings difficult themes like weight and childbearing to a wider audience.
Precious, the film’s title character, was a box office smash in the United States when it was released just before Christmas. It will be available in the United States later this month. The book’s protagonist is a 25-stone black adolescent who is HIV-positive and pregnant for the second time with her father’s kid, despite the fact that she is uneducated, has no money, and is HIV-positive. We watch as she matures from a teenager who has no idea what she looks like or how to read and lives in a dark world of sorrow to a young girl who has poise and confidence due to her Harlem literacy teacher.
While the film does not describe Precious’s horrific torture as graphically as the novel does, it is nevertheless immensely upsetting. At a preview showing, I saw in downtown London, one scene was so terrible that audience members were yelling in disgust.
It has performed admirably at the box office and with reviews. When the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last January, it received a 15-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in May. On the day I conducted this interview, crowds gathered around the corner in New York City to watch the film at a local theatre.
The film, which is based on Lee Daniels’ novel, features no big-name actors in the lead parts. Daniels explains that he could relate to the novel since he was physically assaulted as a youngster. Gabourey Sidibe, 24, is a first-time actor who portrays Precious in the film. Mo’Nique, a well-known New York comedienne, portrays Precious’s vicious mother with aplomb. Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz both appear in supporting parts in the film.
On the other side, Sapphire has been riding her own popularity wave. She has been on Oprah, every major US television network (Fox, NBC, and CBC), and on the cover of the magazine The New York Times. Oprah was affected by the picture to the point where she decided to serve as executive producer. Random House, her book’s publisher, just pressed the start button on a one-million-copy print run. That is to say, the former go-go dancer turned literacy instructor has returned with a fury. When her novel, Push, was published in the mid-1990s, her $500,000 (£300,000) advance thrilled a lot of people.
Sapphire is being interviewed
Sapphire is being interviewed for the first time by a British publication. Sapphire, born Ramona Lofton in Fort Ord and who appears much younger than her 59 years, is a very down-to-earth person. She claims to be bisexual and that her own father, a US army sergeant, sexually molested her when she was eight years old. When she was 13 years old, her mother, a nurse, abandoned her.
That is not the case, she asserts. As with the novel, there is no character, not even the instructor, who is based on me in the story. Precious, on the other hand, is a fictitious character based on true experiences she overheard during her seven years teaching adults in Harlem from 1987 to 1993.
Due to the fact that her daughter has Down’s syndrome, she was had to leave class early in order to pick her up from school. When I inquired as to the age of her daughter, she informed the class, ‘I had a child by my father when I was 12’.
A limited release in North America was given to the picture by Lionsgate on November 6, 2009, with an extended distribution following on November 20. Precious gained great critical acclaim; the performances of Sidibe and Mo’Nique, as well as the premise and message of the film, were all lauded as excellent. The picture was a financial success, grossing more than $63 million on a budget of under $10 million.
Precious was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe, at the 82nd Academy Awards on February 24th. While Mo’Nique was honored with the award for Best Supporting Actress, Geoffrey Fletcher was honored with the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, making him the first African-American to receive a screenwriting prize at the Academy Awards.
Also notable was the fact that it was one of the few occasions when the white, male stronghold of the Academy Awards was overrun by a picture that included so many vibrant parts for women of various colors, sizes, and ages. Crystal Sapphire criticizes reviewers who claimed that the film was unreasonably cruel, claiming that this reaction shows spectators’ misunderstanding of the widespread nature of abuse.
“There are some individuals who are very appalled,” she adds of the reaction. “I’ve never heard of anything like this in my life,” a woman in Michigan said as she held the book up, shaking, and exclaimed. One of the psychiatrists who was there on the other side of the room shared his thoughts, saying, “I hear it every day.”