Big Sonia (2017)


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In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski--great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor--runs the tailor shop she's owned for more than 30 years. But when she's served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

A visual reminder of time's arrow and other, more important losses.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Filmed with great respect and palpable love for its subject, "Big Sonia" is one of those documentaries that seems to bring its own light - just like the woman at its center.

Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This loving tribute of a documentary essentially aims to expand Sonia's audience.

Dec 8, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A tenderly rendered inspirational piece about the healing power of forging human connections that wisely maintains its focus on its spirited, stylish main subject.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The loose structure is bound by a thread of motherhood. Sonia's children, two daughters and a son, are lively, intelligent, and deeply affected by their parents' trauma.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Sonia is a powerful subject, but "Big Sonia" brings little perspective to her story.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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