The lead up to the Oscars and after Monique won the Oscar for best supporting actress, I heard many things about Precious and I was more and more curious to watch the film. I knew it was about a young girl who had a tough life growing up and but the film had an uplifting message towards the end -at least that's what the trailer implies. Also, most of these sad films (sorry to generalise) do end with an uplifting message.
Someone I knew had been to see the film ( a few cinemas re-released it after the Oscars) and said it was terrible and it made her feel incredibly glum and she said, quote: I know sad things happen in this world but I don't want to have to pay to go see it happen.
I had a different view on it (without even watching it)I think that some times it's good to be taken away from your comfortable life and to be shown how difficlut some people's lives are, how trivial are problems can be in comparison. The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Pianist (the film) all haunted me for days but they resulted in me having a more positive outlook on my life, it may seem silly to read about someone else's life to realise how lucky I am but that's exactly how they made me feel (along with other emotions-mainly sadness)
After missing out on seeing the film, I decided to buy the book instead.
I started it and finished it yesterday, it's incredibly short. I'm not sure if I can actually describe how I felt but I don't remember ever feeling so disturbed in all my life. Reading about the abuse made me feel empty and lost. Completely disgusted.
In a way, it shows me just how strong human beings are and how far they can be pushed, I was amazed at how the character was still able to go on. It also lost my faith in people, I can describe how, it just has. I hope this feeling fades and I'm sure it will do.