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BATD ON May 13, 2009 AT 2:12 pm

Precious starring Mariah Carey

Precious starring Mariah Carey

We’re sure you cannot fail to have noticed that this year’s Cannes Film Festival is underway.  Here at BATD we’re a sucker for a good glamorous event and can’t wait for the red carpet royalty to strut their stuff. Best known for premiering the crème de la crème of the film industry, the Cannes Film Festival offers us a sneak peek of up and coming films.

One film that has recently popped up on our radar is PRECIOUS starring none other than diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. Based on the novel Pushed by Sapphire, the film is set in Harlem in 1987, and it tells the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want.  She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically.  School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.

Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school; Each One/Teach One.  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), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

The film isn’t even due for release until November this year, but we have an exclusive poster to share with you just to whet your film appetite. Enjoy.

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