The US film Precious, the hard-hitting story of a 16-year girl who lives with her abusive mother and is pregnant for the second time by her absent father, opens in the UK on January 29. Critically acclaimed and tipped for Oscars, the film also features singer Mariah Carey (right) as a social worker.
In December, Community Care readers were offered the chance to attend an exclusive advance screening of the film. One of the attendees, social worker Penny Dalrymple was impressed, describing the film as “engrossing” but also “disturbing”.
She wrote: “On two occasions I myself, who doesn’t get scared at the most scary of movies, winced, squirmed and recoiled a bit from what I had seen and heard.”
Community Care’s content editor Ruth Smith was less complimentary, suggesting that the social worker played by Carey was not portrayed in a positive light, saying “Mariah Carey only made brief appearances and failed to probe beneath the service.”
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