‘Precious’ Will Leave Lasting Mark

58801822“Everybody’s good at something,” Ms. Rain tells her student, Claireece “Precious” Jones.

And Precious is especially good at transforming dark to light, hate to love and the relentlessly callous landscape of her environment into something bearable.

There is no airbrushing or sugarcoating in Lee Daniels’ second film, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Grit, fried food and palpable street shots of Harlem during the 1980s pervade the screen. “Precious” is a heavy film, filled with glints of light.

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Pictured: Actress Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the AFI FEST 2009 Screening Of Precious: Based On The Novel ‘PUSH’ By Sapphire on November 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)