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Shun Li and the Poet (15)


A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

The critical consensus

Andrea Segre's wispy drama of displacement is played so pianissimo you sometimes barely hear it, but it's worth straining an ear for.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 20/06/2013

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, The Guardian, 20/06/2013

A lyrical romance of two lonely souls connecting.

***(*)(*)Patrick Peters, Empire Online, 21/06/2013

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, 21/06/2013

A moving and elegiac portrait of dispossessed souls.

Mark Kermode, The Observer, 23/06/2013

The pathos of Andrea Segre’s film may be a little contrived yet is still hard to resist.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 11/08/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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