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The cinema of scarred hearts - Our far-flung correspondents

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Thank you Roger Ebert for this great post at the Chicago Sun Times. Here is an excerpt of the insightful article and video commentary about Precious, based on the Novel "Push", by Sapphire. I myself, was personally moved to tears by two dominant emotions throughout the film, as Omer Mozaffar illustrates: the strength, respect, love, and dignity of Precious, and the brutality that is the world she lives in.

Well, Omer says it much better than I can, below is his commentary on Youtube, and an excerpt and link to the post at the Chicago Sun Times.

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Scott K Smith TheSacredOther blog and The Temple Well of LA.

((VIDEO + ARTICLE EXCERPT))

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It is with these friends in mind, with their anecdotes I (with permission) share above, that I wrestle with PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE. Lee Daniels' movie is the most brutal film I have seen in a long time. It pulls no punches in taking us through the world of the central character, Precious. Her world is out of focus, grainy and cloudy, with washed out colors. Her own soft voice is understated, while the frequently disparaging voices of others seem to echo within her. Her home is a dark, dirty, damp dungeon, populated by a savage brute - her mother - who seems almost conniving in the way she dismantles dehumanizes her. Precious finds comfort shifting from her blurry reality to a soft-focus fantasy of Hollywood glamour, surrounded by flashing lights, pop music, and a hero. She finds comfort by looking within.

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