Andrea Segre's tender, subtle, award-winning drama tells the story of Shun Li, a Chinese immigrant working in a bar on a small island in the Veneto lagoon.
Though lonely at first Shun Li slowly strikes up a rapport with Bepi, a Slavic fisherman nicknamed 'The Poet', and the pair forge an unlikely yet intimate bond. However, both the local Italian community and Chinese immigrant population object to the relationship and they soon find themselves driven tragically apart...
Aggressive male cultures versus female humanity
- Shun Li and the Poet review by TE
Beautifully told story of a Chinese economic migrant desperately trying to make a living for herself and her child back home.
The harsh, macho environment of this trade is contrasted tellingly with the inner worlds of the women workers. When these inner worlds encounter the traditional values of the small Italian fishing town, there can only be one winner.
The performances here are pitch perfect.
It's almost a 5 star film but it teeters a little too near the brink of sentimentality at times. However, it's a very rewarding watch.