Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
aka Li
First screened in April 2015
Director: Marion Hänsel. Cast: Stephen Rea, Ling Chu, Adrian Brine, Mischa Aznavour, Law Koon-Lan, Tse Fow, Ricky Tse, Wong Wong, Jo Chow, Maka Kotto, Cheung Chi Ho, Ching Chong, Lim, Chloé Germentier, Winne Yu, Vivian Lee, Sandy Chan, Tom Tom, Michelle Dette. Screenplay: Marion Hänsel and Louis Grospierre (based on the story "Li" by Nikos Kavvadias).

Twitter Capsule: Gentle, seaborne communion between adult and kid commits neither to realism nor sentiment.

VOR:   Belgian-directed, Hong Kong-set stories about the friendship between Irish-Greek sailors and young Chinese girls are hardly common. Still, awfully bland as a banner-carrier for "world cinema."

Photo © 1995 Man's Films/Tchin Tchin Productions/Mark Forstater Productions Ltd.

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

Cannes Film Festival: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention)

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