None of us have seen Precious, so I thought I’d open a thread inviting comments from anyone who has? The limited-release movie, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, features a female African-American lead and a number of other female characters (many of color, and at least one is a lesbian). The character “Precious” is an African-American teenage girl who is pregnant for the second time by her father and abused by a mother who has been encouraged by the husband-father to interpret this abusive relationship as something like adultery – he prefers Precious sexually, so the mother should be sexually jealous, and take out her frustration on Precious, not him.
From what I’m hearing, the movie succeeds in making it difficult for people to interpret it in terms of stereotypes (about African-Americans, women or men). It tackles the ignorance that makes not only Precious but her mother vulnerable to the abuse cycle, and puts the blame where it belongs: on a society which would rather avoid talking about unpleasant things than actually do something about them.
But again, that’s just what I’m hearing from people who have discussed it with me. If you’ve seen it, please feel free to chime in, and spoilers are permitted in the comments.
Note: comments may contain SPOILERS.