Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) (2013)
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as Shun Li
as Bepi the Poet
as Sara, moglie di Devis
as Xiao Ming, figlio di Shun Li
Critic Reviews for Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)
Segre's film captures the misty elision of land and sea in the Veneto lagoon and how it perfectly expresses the characters' yearning placelessness.
There is not much happiness in the lives of these two people, but they have each other.
A thin but attractively opalescent immigrant study, prioritizing exquisite, atmospheric detail over the bigger picture.
The plot is preposterous, offering up not one, but two, saintly females for our hi falutin' delectation.
Audience Reviews for Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)
This is an excellent, small Italian film. Movies are largely of two kinds, escapist, entertainment vehicles and commentaries upon the human condition. Sometimes both ideas can be found in the same film. This is a movie about the human condition. It speaks to the universal human condition across cultural borders. After all, human issues are common to all humans. And, this is why some of us go the movies. Some movies cause us to reflect upon our own lives. They help us to think about our own condition amongst universal human truths. This movie concerns an indentured Chinese woman working in Italy. She meets, and is befriended by, an older retired Yugoslav emigre. He left Yugoslavia when it broke up. Now he is living as a widowed fisherman in Italy. They are both outsiders. Surrounding their friendship, we are reminded of other universal human characteristics. These are those of the darker side of the human animal. Along with the noble aspirations of some humans; others are driven by baser instincts. Here, these include: greed, ignorance, hatred, envy, cruelty, and violence. As if any of us needed it; we are brought to reflect upon the actions of lesser, baser humans. It is probably a good idea, occasionally, to be aware of the total human condition. Still, this film is generally uplifting; and not a total downer. It was good trip to the flics.
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 characters. Besides, it insists on trying to create some visual and narrative poetry where there is none.
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