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Release Date: July 09, 2013Running Time: 100 mins.
Genre: Drama, Foreign

Giuseppe Battiston
Roberto Citran
Marco Paolini
Rade Serbedzija

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Chinese illegal immigrant Shun Li works in a textile factory in the suburbs of Rome in order to secure her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She then moves to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Venetian lagoon, to work as a waitress in a pub. An old Slavic fisherman named Bepi, nicknamed "the Poet", has been a regular at the pub for years. He desperately grapples with the economic and social changes the region is going through. Soon, a friendship develops between Shun Li and Bepi which helps them both cope with their various struggles. However, their relationship ends up upsetting both the Chinese and local communities.