Soni Reviews

July 21, 2020
The slow-burning drama grabs you from scene one and does not release its grip for a minute. Unmissable.
February 3, 2020
As a first feature film, Ayr has created an interesting to start to an on-going conversation, one that needs and should be extended outside one's own country and comfort zone.
January 22, 2020
Understated, well-acted and so piercingly realistic that it stays with you long after.
March 11, 2019
At a time when the wounds of #MeToo are yet to be healed, Soni's indictment of how normalised patriarchy continues to smother even the most empowered women, is probably the most riskiest and bravest...
February 3, 2019
Soni, as a gritty realist portrait, feels fresh and unique - both in it's portrayal of Kalpana and Soni and its technical achievements.
January 29, 2019
Female Indian cops target male predators; cursing, violence.
January 25, 2019
Ayr does not offer any tension-releasing catharsis, making his film efficiently disquieting in its own unassuming manner.
January 24, 2019
Soni effectively communicates how frustrating it is to be a woman in a highly patriarchal society, even while women are speaking up in other parts of the world.
January 24, 2019
Each scene... is directed with aplomb.
January 21, 2019
Ayr doesn't allow the story to devolve into sermonizing or finger-wagging. He keeps the film on-track, and Ohlyan and Batra form its soul.
January 18, 2019
Its willingness to tackle hugely relevant subject matter, paired with an unassuming script that finds space for some darkly comic bits that filter in through everyday exchanges, and a cast that brings it to life in a grounded, believable fashion.
October 31, 2018
Proves the ideal vehicle to explore a wide variety of issues related to gender battles in contemporary Indian society, even while following many of the genre tropes that make police dramas so universally beloved.
October 29, 2018
Soni is a beautifully shot and meticulously crafted drama which focuses on the daily struggles faced by women in India.
September 12, 2018
I'm unsure if any version of this script could have lifted the lifeless decision to shoot the film in many, separate tracking long takes, because it is so overwhelmingly distracting that it renders everything going on in the film mute.
September 12, 2018
A fly-on-the-wall observation of days in these women's lives, with each scene captured in a single take. It's an artistic choice that isn't about showing off so much as immersing us in these events without editing manipulations. It works beautifully.
September 10, 2018
With an intelligent, subtle script and camerawork so organically natural one doesn't immediately realize that each scene is shot in one take, the film draws on a subject much in the news and spins it into a multilayered yet low-key study...