Some films have really risen to the top out of the Toronto – Up in the Air, An Education and A Serious Man – of course you can add Capitalism: A Love Story and A Serious Man. Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry showed up in Toronto to help back Precious — a film that is unlike any other.¬†¬† They just don’t make movies about these kinds of characters in Hollywood. Or anywhere else for that matter. Oprah said that she sees a bit of herself in there:
“I recognized myself in that character and most of all, I recognized that I have seen the Precious girls of the world and they have been invisible to me,” Winfrey told a festival press conference.
“None of us who see the movie can walk through the world and allow the Preciouses to be invisible again,” she said.
“The character that Mo’Nique (the monstrous matriach) played is my father. I grew up in that situation, listening to those words being hurled by me. When Precious would flash out and be somewhere else in a happier place, it reminded me so much of the things I used to do. Because I could be in that hell and hearing it and not be there. I was somewhere else in a happier space. It was all those things that made me go ‘I’ve got to be involved, I’ve got to be involved.’ I think Precious found me actually.”