Precious little

From the director of Monster’s Ball (which I didn’t watch, but perhaps you have) comes an absolutely positively definite MUST-watch:

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During my time here in HK, I’ve gotten to know a bit more about life a distance apart from the numbing comforts of middle class merriness, but I’ve never encountered anyone with a story like this:

Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favour. She is pregnant with her father’s child — for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically.

Such is the power of filmmaking, such is our compulsion towards hope, that I know to my bones that this movie, based on a novel by a poet, won’t be something to cringe away from, even with the depths it plumbs and the dregs it dredges up — it will be something to embrace, even just for the new direction it’ll take the tracks of your tears.

So come away with me and witness for a while.

And if it’ll take eons for this to reach your shores, here’s some searing, soul-baring audition action by the brave young actress playing Precious:

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