SHUN LI AND THE POET

Directed by Andrea Segre
  • YEAR 10 - FILM 11 / 
  • Italy / 
  • 2011 / 
  • Italian & Mandarin with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
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"A poignant story...striking cinematography! A film that doesn't shy away."
– The New York Times
"This just might be a masterpiece!"
– Liberazzione
"Rapturous! Exquisite!"
– Allisa Simon, Variety

Synopsis

Shun Li works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker that brought her from China to Italy, while saving money so she can bring her young son to join her. She is suddenly transferred to work as a bartender at a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. The pub is the hangout of the local fishermen, including Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed "The Poet." A tender, delicate friendship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. But gossip soon threatens their innocent relationship, a bond that had once transcended two very different, yet not at all distant cultures.

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Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
A very nice story of a young Chinese woman under control of the Chinese mafia until she paid the cost of her trip and papers, and the old fisherman who befriends her. Until his friends get suspicious of their friendship and the mafia threatens the woman's future.

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