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Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)1995

Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino) (1995)



Critic Consensus: Il Postino movingly explores themes of love and friendship through sensitively depicted -- and beautifully acted -- relationships in 1950s Italy.

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In this remake of the 1983 Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta, the time and place have been changed to Italy in the 1950s, but the relationship between the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda and Mario (Massimo Troisi), the postman who delivers his copious mail, is still the focus of attention. In this version of the story, scripted by a collective of Anna Pavignano, the director Michael Radford, Troisi himself, and a few others (based on Skarmeta's original story), Neruda is an aloof and slightly elitist figure who is seeking solitude on an island off the coast of Italy, taking a respite from political problems at home. Mario is a poet at heart and employs every measure he is capable of inventing to win his way into the affections and attention of the great author. As his efforts start to bear fruit and Neruda unbends and begins to share conversation and philosophy with Mario, the postman idolizes the poet all the more. Eventually, Neruda shares his leftist political philosophy as well -- and helps him win over the captivating Beatrice, the woman of Mario's dreams. When Neruda leaves, Mario enters into high gear as he prepares material for the next time he sees Neruda -- his ardor and patience, alluded to in the original title -- are essentially indestructible. (Massimo Troisi) was fated never to know that Il Postino would receive worldwide acclaim and be nominated for an Oscar for "Best Picture" in 1995 (the first foreign film nominated in that category since Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers 22 years earlier). Suffering from a heart ailment and unable to work more than an hour or two on the filming of Il Postino each day, he died in his sleep at the age of 41, the day after shooting ended on the film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Massimo Troisi
as Mario Ruoppolo
Philippe Noiret
as Pablo Neruda
Linda Moretti
as Donna Rosa
Renato Scarpa
as Telegrapher
Mariano Rigillo
as Di Cosimo
Mariana Rigillo
as Di Cosimo
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Critic Reviews for Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

Il Postino is an enchanted, sun-touched film.

March 16, 2021 | Full Review…

This is a film with a heart and soul; a film keyed to the wonderful performance by actor and director Massimo Troisi.

March 16, 2021 | Full Review…

The Postman (Il Postino) is slight, but it's tough to imagine anyone not liking it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4
Top Critic

[The actors] make this good-hearted little film into a quiet meditation on fate, tact, and poetry.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I was captivated by the Massimo Troisi's performance as Mario.

January 31, 2022 | Full Review…

Il Postino has been dismissed by some as a piece of sentimental whimsy. They are missing a lot, as the film is much deeper than its surface charm.

March 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)

It's almost too sweet, and not subtle at all... but it's a perfect crowd pleaser, romantic and earnest, a film from a forgotten era of film-making. I kind of loved it.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

The Postman is a beautiful fictional work that reveres words, metaphors, and inspiration. A solemn praise to poetry, grace, and simplicity. Treasured.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

I watched this in my Spanish class once for some reason, it's in Italian, though. We also saw the play the film was based on. It's a good romance story, funny, sad, happy, everything a romance should be, I guess. Overall, this is a good movie, but the play is better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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