In theaters this November, Precious, a movie produced by Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry has already received acclaim. Based on the novel “Push” by sapphire the movie is about he human capacity to grow and overcome. Winner of three awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Precious stars Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepard, Lenny Kravitz and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones, a sixteen-year-old African American girl born into a dysfunctional life no one would want. Pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must deal with her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her physically and emotionally. School is a place of disorder, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret : she can neither read nor write.
Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a determined, curious young woman with an unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered a chance to transfer to an alternative school. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precous begins a journey that will lead her from the pain, darkness, and powerlessness to love, courage and self determination.
In CONTRAST, An Education, is about Jenny, a girl with a much different story. An unforgettable coming-of-age story, which takes place in London during the 60’s, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a bright young girl who finds herself in a romantic relationship with a much older David (Peter Sarsgaard). Prior to meeting David, Jenny was attending a prep school to get into Oxford. Once she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined might so easily be hers, she is hooked and thoughts of Oxford go out the window. David leads Jenny to believe that she can learn things outside the classroom, casting doubt on her future plans. When things are looking pretty good for Jenny with David, the truth hits her like a ton of bricks. Jenny goes from being a bright eyed school girl to a sophisticated young lady and then all the way back to questioning if she really knows who she is at all. An Education won the Audience Choice award and the Cinematography award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This film is set to be released for limited viewing on October 9th.