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Il Postino aka The Postman

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7.71 h 53 min1996U
The fictional story of the real-life Nobel laureate poet Pablo Neruda's exile to a tiny island off Italy where, being a high-profile figure, he receives such huge quantities of mail that the local post office must hire an extra postman: Il Postino. Though shy and poorly educated, our postman is so intrigued by Neruda that he devises ploys to engage the attention of the great poet.
Directors
Michael Radford
Starring
Philippe NoiretMassimo Troisi
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
Italiano
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4.6 out of 5 stars

117 global ratings

  1. 83% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 0% of reviews have 3 stars
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  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Lucy NobleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Jewel of a Film!
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What to do on a day of leisure when there's a blizzard blowing outside?
I watched Il Postino Directed and co-written by Micheal Radford and starring his fellow co-writer Massimo Troisi.
The film is as wonderful today as when l first saw it and Massimo richly deserved his posthumous Oscars.
It is a tragedy that he died 12 days after finishing the final edits of the film. He postponed a heart valve operation to complete the film.
Italy surely lost a most major talent the day he died. What a fantastic actor and a superb performance!
Philippe Noiret as Pablo Neruda was wonderful and even looked like him!
Maria Grazia Cucinotta as Beatrice Russo and Renato Scarpa as the Telegrapher also gave blinding performances.
Comic, poignant and ultimately tragic, this film has really stood the test of time and remains one of my firm favourites.
20 people found this helpful
Dan OnlineReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Why I love 'foreign language films'
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A true artist can make much with little, and for me this is the genius of Il Postino. A simple plot, without great twists and turns (apart from the end, no spoiler), but beautifully acted and filmed, to produce a work of sensitivity and depth. Absorbing, it touches gently on the nature of humanity. A classy, rich antithesis to endless, formulaic Hollywood. Art for the joy of expression, not bottom-line movie manufacture.

One quote from the film: "poetry does not belong to those who wrote it, but to those who need it". Sums this film up nicely.
6 people found this helpful
SilverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Poetry on Film
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Il Postino has aged incredibly well, like a fine celluloid wine. I remember being struck by how unusual and genuine the lead actor was when I saw it many moons ago. Now, watching it again, the film is made more poignant knowing that Massimo Troisi's gentle, slightly pained portrayal of the budding poet was, in part, due to the fact that he was gravely ill when the film was made. He died only 24 hours after filming finished. Il Postino remains as a beautiful tribute to his talent.
7 people found this helpful
J. HarrisonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Simplicity and depth.
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The simple story of a local nobody, who is enabled to be tranported, through their fleeting meeting with a renowned poet, to become the man he dreamt could never be. As with us all, the simplicity of who we are, what we are, and where we desire to be is held back by our own pre-formed complications. This man was allowed to flower, yet didn't realise his riches until he stared through the apparent emptiness of his own self. A lovely simple film of life as it is for most, and allows us to reflect upon what is truly important.
CreativeFlowUltdReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timeless classic
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I could watch this film every month. I won’t go into the movie as enough has been said already. Funny movie with tons of heart.
I would like to point out how great is the remaster from Amazon Prime, you can see details you weren’t able to see on the original version; a great opportunity to rewatch it if you haven’t for a while or discover it.
In Italian with English subtitles
MR J S WISEMANReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
First class stamp
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For all those who think that poems are hard work. Think again this forgin language film 🎥 tells a simple story about a person who discovers poetry to express himself. This simple heartfelt story is touching and thoughtful and proves that you don’t need foul language or explicit scenes to tell a story. This is great film 🎥 and one to recommend.
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ITUKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A masterpiece
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A fantastic movie. A true gem.
4 people found this helpful
DesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
No English subtitles.
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So if you cant speak Italian dont bother. To be fair they refunded me. I got a better version on Curzon Home Cinema for the same price. English subtitles. Better film quality as well.
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