Monday, February 9, 2009

Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

In Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect. Instead of being swallowed by depression, Claireece tries to break from the chains of ignorance by digging deep into her own resources. Push has won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Precious, in addition to her physical problems, lacks even basic self-esteem, and Push is largely about her journey toward normalcy. Things will never be super-awesome for her; the point is that she can learn to cope with life and find a semblance of happiness and self-respect. That feeling of hopefulness, not the awfulness that precedes it, is what you'll take with you when the film is over.

The film has a stellar cast with Monique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, and Gabourey Sidibe as Claireece Precious Jones. Here is a clip from the Sundance Film Festival.

5 comments:

Revvy Rev said...

PJazzy, thanks so much for this review. As a result, it is a must see for me whereas it would have probably passed me by. In fact, I am going to make sure that groups of folks see this.

X. Dell said...

The clips look interesting. The comments that it's a "dark" movie says to me more about the reviewers than it does about the movie itself. It certainly didn't have a dark tone (to me) in the clips, although one could describe the tone as either tense, or intense.

I hope the film does well. I'm tired of watching someone's typecasting, and dying to see heroines that seem more like the people I know.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there!

Thank you so much for mentioning this!

I absolutely want to see this!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

pjazzypar said...

Hey Rev, This film seems very real. It is probably going to be hard to find around my parts (Texas) but I am definitely going to be looking:-)

X. Dell, These people do look like people we know as opposed to the perfect six six Barbie doll dipped in chocolate (no offense) but they are not representative of the masses.

blackwomen...,let all your friends know about this film. It is a must see!

SjP said...

Powerful! It is a must see!