Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)
Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) (2013)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 11, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Segre's film captures the misty elision of land and sea in the Veneto lagoon and how it perfectly expresses the characters' yearning placelessness.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

The plot is preposterous, offering up not one, but two, saintly females for our hi falutin' delectation.

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Tom Dawson
The List

Francois Couturier's score is overly emphatic in places in tugging at our heartstrings, but the film's gentle humanity is to be cherished.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There is not much happiness in the lives of these two people, but they have each other.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

This is haunting and affecting with visual poetry to spare.

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Peter Bradshaw

There is much to savour in this poignant feature by the former documentary-maker Andrea Segre: not least its tough, uncliched view of Venice.

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Guy Lodge

A thin but attractively opalescent immigrant study, prioritizing exquisite, atmospheric detail over the bigger picture.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Shun Li and the Poet actually believes in the inherent decency of strangers. Don't hold that against it.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
What begins as an honest story soon becomes a frustrating experience, unable to generate enough interest due to the lack of chemistry between the two main… More