Big Sonia
Big Sonia (2017)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: November 17, 2017
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Allen

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

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Teo Bugbee
New York Times

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

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Simi Horwitz
Film Journal International

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.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

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

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

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.

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Chris Packham
Village Voice

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.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

That, in a nutshell, is Sonia's lesson to us - do not let the trauma of the past define you, use what you have and what you know to make yourself stronger. That, and wear more leopard skin prints.

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Derek Smith
Slant Magazine

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

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