Based on the best-selling novel, Precious is an overweight, illiterate African-American teenager who her mother and father abuse.
The film caused a stir when it was released earlier this year.
Its bleak portrayal of life for black Americans jars with the idea that Barack Obama’s election liberated all black people.
The film is not purely negative – it shows Precious taking control of her life. Harrowing but well worth watching.
Directed by Lee Daniels
Out on DVD 24 May
A quietly evocative film
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