Shun Li and the Poet – DVD review

Stunningly beautiful but shot without pretension, and incisive despite the apparent simplicity of this lyrical not-quite-love story

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Andrea Segre, 2011

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I hate things labelled “poetic”, but this lyrical not-quite-love story never puts a foot wrong, or wastes a moment: it’s stunningly beautiful but shot without pretension, and incisive despite the apparent simplicity of its story of the tender, unconventional attraction of young immigrant worker Shun Li and older widowed fisherman Bepi, on a small island in the Venetian lagoon, which challenges the narrowed minds and narrowed lives of both communities. Justifiably a winner of the 2012 Lux Prize.

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