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《Precious》 珍爱 在希望与绝望的夹缝中生存

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No.052 《Precious》 珍爱 在希望与绝望的夹缝中生存

英文导读

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.

《Precious》 珍爱 在希望与绝望的夹缝中生存

获奖情况

2010年第82届奥斯卡:最佳女配角、最佳改编剧本奖,并荣获最佳影片提名、最佳导演提名、最佳女主角提名、最佳剪辑提名。

影片信息

导演:李·丹尼尔斯

编剧:格弗瑞·弗莱彻、萨菲尔

主演:加布蕾·丝迪贝、莫妮克、宝拉·巴顿、玛丽亚·凯莉、蓝尼·克罗维兹

类型:剧情

制片国家(地区):美国

上映日期:2009-11-06(美国)

片长:110分钟

又名:《珍爱人生》《天生不是宝贝》《真爱》《新方向》《宝贵人生》《遗失的美好》

剧情简介

克拉丽丝·珍爱·琼斯(加布蕾·丝迪贝 饰)是一个又胖又丑的黑人女孩,有一个暴虐的母亲,她们的生活靠救济金维持。珍爱生活在母亲的嘲笑和辱骂中,更糟糕的是,年纪轻轻的她被继父强奸,生下一个智障的女儿之后,再次怀孕。

命运悲惨的珍爱,被学校退学。之后她进入一所专门为有困难的青年设立的学校学习,在老师瑞恩小姐的帮助和鼓励下,珍爱对生活重新燃起了希望,并且认识了几个问题女孩。在一切仿佛好转的时候,珍爱发现自己感染了艾滋病,这对好不容易才有所转变的珍爱,会有怎么样的影响,年纪轻轻的她,该何去何从?

《Precious》 珍爱 在希望与绝望的夹缝中生存

制作花絮

韦兹太太这个角色原来是为海伦·米伦准备的。后来,流行巨星玛丽亚·凯莉获得了这个角色。

影片只花了5个星期就拍摄完毕了。

超过400个女孩来到剧组为布莱希斯这个角色试镜。

影片的原名叫做《异能》,因为和同年上映的《异能》同名。所以本片后来改名成了《珍爱》。

本片在2009年的圣丹斯电影节上同时夺得了评委会最佳剧情片奖和观众选择奖的最佳剧情片奖,并在多伦多电影节上获得了“人民选择奖”。

拍摄过程中原定的摄影师、剪辑师、场地经理、制作人、助理导演、音效师、供应商因资金问题先后离开。

重点学习

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?)

单词时间

overweight[ˈəuvəweit] adj. 超重的;过重的

illiterate[iˈlitərət] adj. 文盲的;不识字的;没受教育的

teenager[ˈti:nˌeidʒə] n. 十几岁的青少年;十三岁到十九岁的少年

alternative[ɔ:lˈtə:nətiv] adj. 供选择的;选择性的;交替的

sympathetic[ˌsimpəˈθetik] adj. 同情的;[物]共鸣的;赞同的;和谐的;合意的

nurse[nə:s] n. 护士;奶妈,保姆

distributor[diˈstribjutə] n. 经销商;[计]分配器;分配者;散布者

promotional[prəuˈməuʃənəl] adj. 促销的;增进的;奖励的

confusion[kənˈfju:ʒən] n. 混淆,混乱;困惑

review[riˈvju:] n. 回顾;复习;评论;检讨;检阅

domestically[dəˈmestikəli] adv.国内地;家庭式地;适合国内地

recoup[riˈku:p] vt. 收回;恢复;偿还;扣除


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