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Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
A sweet, gentle film about a quiet postman who discovers the power of poetry in winning the heart of his true love.
Massimo Troisi gives a warm, wonderful performance as said postman, while Phillipe Noiret plays the poet Pablo Neruda. The setting, a sleepy Italian village, gives the film a cozy atmosphere, and it's got a lovely score to match.
One of the rare foreign-language films to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, it lost to the thunderingly stupid "Braveheart." Mel Gibson could use a little poetry himself.
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