Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda's help and guidance more than ever. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
I'll only ask him to sign this book. That's all, so when I get paid I'll go to Naples and show all the girls that I'm a friend of Neruda, the poet of love.
The poet of the people.
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A beautiful movie that does an excellent job bringing to life Neruda's
poems and how they touch the life of a simpleton postman. It inspires in
one, a spiritual and sensual love for poetry. The music is intricately
into the fabric of the story, and is surely a high point in the movie.
cinematography, matched frame by frame with the splendid acting,
that of Massimo Troisi and Philippe Noiret. Watch this movie if you are
disillusioned with the notion of romance, and need some succour.
The movie once again reinforces my admiration for the Italian film-makers.
What amazes me is their simplicity in relating a tale, and how subtly
is displayed in their movies. This is also evidenced in "Life is
and "The Bicycle Thief".
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