Il Postino (1994)

Opinion & writing by Tony Frame

Il Postino is one of those movies that feels like a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of our regular lives to witness an endearing story that is whimsical and sings to the soul.

Massimo Troisi plays the newly appointed postman in a small Italian village who has to deliver mail to a famous exiled Chilean poet (Philippe Noiret). A poet whose writings are particularly adored by women all over the world.

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Over the course of delivering the mail, Noiret becomes a tutor of sorts to Troisi, giving him lessons on language and how to express himself through it.

This gives the shy and introverted postman a new found confidence which leads him to pursue a beautiful girl in the village with whom he has fallen madly in love with.

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What blossoms over the course of the movie is a touching friendship, with the two leads, who share a love of poetry, politics as well as matters of the heart.

There’s a nice blend of humour throughout with some poignantly touching moments. It left me with the same feeling that I felt after watching Cinema Paradiso.

And rather than me trying to explain what I felt it seems more fitting to leave with a quote from Noiret’s character, Pablo Neruda, from the film itself, which encapsulates the heart and soul of Il Postino:

When you explain poetry, it becomes banal. Better than any explanation is the experience of feelings that poetry can reveal to a nature open enough to understand it.’

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Directors: Michael RadfordMassimo Troisi (uncredited)

Writers: Antonio Skármeta (novel), Furio Scarpelli (story) | 6 more credits »

Stars: Massimo TroisiPhilippe NoiretMaria Grazia Cucinotta | See full cast & crew »

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