‘Precious’ a hit at Cannes

Posted by · 4:40 am · May 16th, 2009

Mo'NiqueSince it was announced that it would be playing the Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes, I’ve been interested to see how Lee Daniels’ “Precious” would play on this side of the Atlantic.

Though the film was an all-round sensation at Sundance back in January, I wasn’t sure if it would receive the same level of adulation here, where there traditionally isn’t much of an audience for U.S. urban-based stories.

Moreover, the film’s biggest talking-point at Sundance — Mo’Nique’s surprise-attack performance — risked being diluted in Europe, where I suspect few people know who the comedienne is. (It’s telling that the Cannes media has focused far more on Mariah Carey’s de-glamming.)

All of which hasn’t appeared to matter one jot, as the film screened last night to a rapturous standing ovation, making it one of the heavy favorites for the Un Certain Regard award, which has boosted such arthouse fare as “The Band’s Visit” and “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” in recent years.

That “Precious” has been so warmly embraced in a critical environment not particularly predisposed towards such a film speaks volumes. Could its awards prospects go beyond that increasingly likely-looking Best Supporting Actress bid for Mo’Nique? A Best Adapted Screenplay nod, or Best Actress for Gabourey Sidibe, are certainly in the realm of possibility. A Best Picture bid seems to me a bit too great a leap for the Academy at this stage, but as long as the film keeps slaying audiences like this, who knows?

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  • 1 5-16-2009 at 5:43 am

    Aleksis said...

    I’m betting Lee Daniels is solid for a Best Director nomination. Even the reviews I read about it being a bit cold commended Daniels’ stylish & interesting direction.

  • 2 5-16-2009 at 6:43 am

    Brandon said...

    There is a whole lot of news at the link below, with tons of photos and a couple of videos, of the premiere at Cannes. I didn’t even realize Lenny Kravitz is in this film. I’m really looking forward to seeing it.


    Brandon (Washington, DC)

  • 3 5-16-2009 at 9:57 am

    Simone said...

    I hope Precious plays at TIFF, this seems like a really unique film.

  • 4 5-16-2009 at 11:13 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I’m so happy for Mo’Nique. They should push the release date up from November to October.

  • 5 5-16-2009 at 11:25 am

    twinzin said...

    I’m happy for everyone involved. I’m sure this movie will have legs come awards time.

  • 6 5-16-2009 at 11:43 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    It’ll certainly make money in the states for Loinsgate with Oprah and Tyler Perry using thier names to promote it.

  • 7 5-16-2009 at 11:44 am

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  • 8 5-16-2009 at 6:51 pm

    Mr. F said...

    For some reason I’m excited for Mo’Nique. I’ve always liked her as a comedian, and to see her successfully breaking into dramatic territory gives me great satisfaction

  • 9 5-17-2009 at 1:06 am

    Glenn said...

    In my year-in-advance predix I put it down for Director, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress. It would make Daniels the second African American ever nominated, too.