Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire
Director: Lee Daniels
Screenwriters: Damien Paul
With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind.
Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her fatherâ€™s childâ€”for the second time. She canâ€™t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Moâ€™Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Preciousâ€™s instincts tell her one thing: if sheâ€™s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources.
Donâ€™t be misledâ€”Push is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope. The entire cast are amazing; they carry out a firestorm of raw emotion. Daniels has drawn from them inimitable performances that will rivet you to your seat and leave you too shocked to breathe. If you passed Precious on the street, you probably wouldnâ€™t notice her. But when her story is revealed, as Daniels does in this courageous film, you are left with an indelible image of a young woman whoâ€”with creativity, humor, and ferocityâ€”finds the strength to turn her life around.
- Dramatic Feature
- 2009, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 109 min.
- Audience Award Dramatic, Grand Jury Prize Dramatic, Special Jury Prize for Acting