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Shun Li and the Poet

(Io sono Li)

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Andrea Segre
Country of origin and year
Italy/France 2011
98 minutes
Rated 15 - Contains strong language and sex references
Cast: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran, Giuseppe Battiston.

Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles

Many recent European films have chronicled the social and personal consequences of the recent wave of immigration to Europe, but few with the delicacy and insight of Andrea Segre's touching drama. Brought to Italy from China by a 'broker' who she's slowly paying off while saving money to bring over her son, Shun Li is sent from her factory job to a bar in Chioggia, a small town in the Veneto lagoon. She develops a warm but platonic friendship with Bepi, a retired fisherman, but both her employers and his circle of fisherman friends regard their relationship with sordid suspicion, and there are potentially dire consequences for Li.


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