Sunday, September 20, 2009

Is TIFF Winner a Sign of Things to Come?

As the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival has wound down, the awards for the top films were recently announced. The big winner this year is the independently financed Precious, scoring the People's Choice Award. Earlier this year the film also drew rave reviews from Sundance as well. With all of the acclaim building up, Precious could become one of those "little films that could" and find an audience as well as further award nominations. Special attention has been given to Gabourey Sidibe, the actress who plays the title role of Precious.

According to IMDb, the story follows "an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction." After all the critical praise, I'm interested to see this one, although I'm afraid it could be one of those "very special" films that are too sugary for me to handle.

What are your thoughts on Precious?

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