A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family ties are strong. Siblings with little in common still stand up for each other. A mother who lived with anger at the husband who left her can find forgiveness and move on. Financial fraud leads to family embarrassment.
Positive Role Models
Shoying has been a tough family leader who had to support three young kids after her husband left, turning her street food stand into a famed, successful restaurant.
Violence & Scariness
A daughter was given up for adoption. A character dies in a hospital. Someone has cancer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A husband was known for cheating.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults use alcohol and cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Big Women is a Taiwanese family drama, spanning three generations, with flashbacks to harder times and a present that confronts death and its equilibrium-toppling effects. This is a complicated, sentimental story that looks at unfaithfulness, divorce, family secrets, money troubles, and every kind of family relationship. A daughter was given up for adoption. A character dies in a hospital. Someone has cancer. Some drinking and smoking. There isn't much in the way of language, sex, or drug use to upset younger viewers, but given the film's patient pace and mature themes, older teens will probably get the most out of it. The movie was a box office success in Taiwan and the lead actress, at 81, won Taiwan's top acting award, The Golden Horse. In Mandarin with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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