Shun LI And The Poet
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Shun LI And The Poet
Two outsiders become unlikely friends in this drama from filmmaker Andrea Segre. Shun Li (Zhao Tao) is a thirtysomething single mother from China who has come to Italy in the hope of providing a better life for herself and her son. However, Shun Li has partnered with an unscrupulous employment agency that shifts her from job to job and makes it difficult for her to pay her fees so she can make enough money to bring her son to Italy. She works as a barmaid in a shabby waterfront tavern in the fishing village of Chioggia; there, she meets Bepi (Rade Serbedzija), an exile from Eastern Europe who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Segre's film captures the misty elision of land and sea in the Veneto lagoon and how it perfectly expresses the characters' yearning placelessness."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The plot is preposterous, offering up not one, but two, saintly females for our hi falutin' delectation."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Francois Couturier's score is overly emphatic in places in tugging at our heartstrings, but the film's gentle humanity is to be cherished."
‑ Tom Dawson, The List
"A discreetly epic observation of solitude and circumstance."
‑ Rebecca Ellis, Little White Lies
"Enjoyable and uplifting, Shun Li and the Poet is an engaging and heart-warming study of an unlikely friendship ..."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"There is not much happiness in the lives of these two people, but they have each other."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is haunting and affecting with visual poetry to spare."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"There is much to savour in this poignant feature by the former documentary-maker Andrea Segre: not least its tough, uncliched view of Venice."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The film has a shiveringly lovely melancholic spirit that clings to your skin like wet jeans."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Shun Li and the Poet is a pensive and slow-burning production that will have you pondering over it for days."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"A thin but attractively opalescent immigrant study, prioritizing exquisite, atmospheric detail over the bigger picture."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"Shun Li and the Poet actually believes in the inherent decency of strangers. Don't hold that against it."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Writer-director Segre gives this sensitive story a nicely understated quality that forces us to identify with the central characters in ways that continually catch us off guard."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Touching story about the tender friendship between a 60-year-old Yugoslav fisherman and an unmarried Chinese woman working in a local bar."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A lyrical romance of two lonely souls connecting."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
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