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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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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.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The filmmakers, like Sonia herself, acknowledge the ongoing struggle that's essential to surviving such trauma. And as survivors' numbers dwindle, there's urgency when she insists on remembering.

September 25, 2017 | Full Review…

An original, nuanced portrait of a Holocaust survivor who runs a tailor shop in an otherwise abandoned Kansas City mall and serves as a motivational speaker.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Sonia is not a celebrity, a politician or a big business owner. She probably won't be around much longer; and yet, watching this, it would seem unsurprising if people were still talking about her influence in a century's time.

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Big Sonia is structured in a way that bumps the tragic and demoralizing up against the comic and inspirational.

November 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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