No.052 《Precious》 珍爱 在希望与绝望的夹缝中生存
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, often shortened as Precious, is a 2009 American drama film directed by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. The film marked the acting debut of Sidibe.
The film tells a story about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get—a chance to start over.
The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, under its original title of Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. At Sundance, it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo'Nique. After Precious' screening at Sundance in February 2009, Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lions Gate Entertainment. Precious won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film's title was changed from Push to Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, to avoid confusion with the 2009 action film Push. Precious was also an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival (particularly the Un Certain Regard category).
Lionsgate gave the film a limited release in North America on November 6, 2009 (the release was expanded on November 20). Precious received largely positive reviews from critics: the acting, the story, and its message were generally praised. In the film's opening weekend in limited release, it grossed $1.8 million, putting it in 12th place at the box office. As of February 2010, the film had grossed over $47 million domestically, ranking no. 65 for 2009, recouping its$10 million budget, and making it a box office success.
Precious received six nominations, including one for Best Picture, at the 82nd Academy Awards. Geoffrey Fletcher won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Mo'Nique won the award for Best Supporting Actress, for which she received a standing ovation at the ceremony, along with numerous other accolades.
Yet she's about to give birth to her second child
文中的give birth to是英语中的一个固定搭配，是“生（孩子）；产（仔）；生产，生育”的意思，比如：Therefore, even in these unfortunate circumstances, she still should give birth to the child.（所以在这种不幸的情况下，还是应该将孩子生下，而不堕胎。）另外，该搭配常被引申为“引起；产生，造成，使发生”的意思，比如：The actual result of your action give birth to confidence.（你的实际行动会给你自信心。）
A chance to start over
Start over是英语中一个常用的固定搭配，如果你start over or start something over, you begin something again from the beginning. 也就是“重新开始”的意思，主要用于美国英语中，比如：What can you do to start over today?（今天你要重新开始做些什么呢？）
overweight[uv?weit] adj. 超重的；过重的
illiterate[i?lit?r?t] adj. 文盲的；不识字的；没受教育的
teenager[?ti:n?eid] n. 十几岁的青少年；十三岁到十九岁的少年
alternative[?:l?t?:n?tiv] adj. 供选择的；选择性的；交替的
sympathetic[?simpθetik] adj. 同情的；[物]共鸣的；赞同的；和谐的；合意的
nurse[n?:s] n. 护士；奶妈，保姆
distributor[di?stribjut?] n. 经销商；[计]分配器；分配者；散布者
promotional[pr?u?m?un?l] adj. 促销的；增进的；奖励的
confusion[k?n?fju:n] n. 混淆，混乱；困惑
review[ri?vju:] n. 回顾；复习；评论；检讨；检阅
recoup[ri?ku:p] vt. 收回；恢复；偿还；扣除