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Little Big Women

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant, complex family drama has mature themes.

Movie NR 2020 123 minutes
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The exoticism of a foreign culture mixed with the ordinariness and universality of the characters' worries and longings combine to make this a powerful and touching drama. Little Big Women (don't be distracted by the weak title) is to some degree a story about women, but as it shows us youth and old age, financial struggles and comfort, flashbacks and the present, and spans three generations of bright and capable women, patterns emerge that apply to all of our lives. The aging mother, still furious decades later at the husband who abandoned her, can't believe her daughters could be sad when that same irresponsible father dies, especially after she worked so hard to raise those girls on her own. But writer-director Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu gives us a woman who isn't beyond performing an act of gracious acceptance. The movie embraces the way we can long for what we lost, but also acknowledge affection for the mistakes we made, and find forgiveness for others and ourselves.

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