'Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.'
I have seen this movie a few times now, and each time it yanks at my heart. Precious, unable to read, stuck in Harlem with her abusive mother, is offered the chance to go to an alternative school when she is expelled from her regular high school. The constant verbal and physical abuse inflicted by her mother leaves her in a constant mental state of discontent.
Precious finds out she is pregnant with her second child, her first was born with Down Syndrom and is being raised by her grandmother. Precious has endured a lifetime of sexual abuse from her mother's boyfriend, who also happens to be her own father.
The trials that this young girl faces in such a condensed period of her life is truly terrifying. The personal aches and pains that she is presented with, along with the outside pressure from society to be something that she will probably never be capable of achieving.
I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who has a heart, and also a strong stomach for some of the scenes that will appear on your screen. A well written and well directed/cast film. I can honestly see why this movie earned so many awards.