Winner of Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2009 Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film festival 2009 Special Jury Prize Performance, for Mo’Nique, Sundance Film Festival 2009 People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2009 Official Selection, Times BFI London Film Festival 2009
Set in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically.
School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Apparently even Mariah Carey is quite good in this…