This year's TIFF: Precious, indeed
- September 19, 2009 1:11 PM
- By Arts Online
Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is an illiterate high school student pregnant with her father's child in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, which won the People's Choice Award at TIFF 2009. (TIFF)
And thus ends this year's TIFF: the emotionally wrenching Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire wins the People's Choice Award, and Cairo Time gets the nod for Best Canadian Feature.
Precious, a portrait of a 17-year-old Harlem girl who's experienced a lifetime of hurt, is a powerful piece of art, worthy of a large audience and even larger discussion (especially at Oscar time). We found Cairo Time to be a lovely travelogue, with Patricia Clarkson at her charming best, but the flick was a bit snoozy at times.
All in all, the consensus in the Arts Online office was that film-wise, this was one of the strongest TIFFs in years -- a sentiment that was shared in the media at large. (On the gossip front, everyone agreed this year's fest was utterly dreary.) Not only did we get a rich menu of foreign gems (including Applause, Fish Tank, Tales from the Golden Age, Baaria), but Hollywood brought some unusually smart fare, too (Whip It, A Serious Man, The Informant!, Up in the Air).
And with that pronouncement, it's time for us to sign off for TIFF 2009. Thanks for reading.
-- Andre Mayer
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