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Il Postino
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by Greg Muskewitz

3 stars

Italian film, recreating the friendship developed between a local postman and exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Problem being, there never is much time spent establishing or developing that friendship; each encounter is no more successive or defined other than in their familiarity of routine: ride up to the house, ring the bicycle-bell, hand over the mail (“He’s the poet of the women!/No, he’s the poet of the people”), get tipped, mumble a question, and wander off. The visits lack a certain sequential (and, hence, essential) filling, so that when their relationship has expanded to discussing metaphors, the passage of time is a neglected detail. The other side of the contention could be that, in a friendship of that reverence, the meaning of time is an ignored, unnoticed detail — though that suggestion is surely not very cinematically spoken. Sequences aside, that does not eradicate all things sweet about the movie, seeing that, despite the schmaltzy ending and the Massimo Troisi’s annoying mumble-speech and superfluous gesticulations, the tips don’t stop with the spare change.

Directed by Michael Radford. With Philippe Noiret and Maria Grazia Cucinotta.


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1/17/09 Meryl Best of the best! 5 stars
9/21/07 Airra Mendoza 5 stars
5/16/04 John rather boring - doesn't offend but hardly thrilling 3 stars
5/09/04 george kontos good film 4 stars
10/26/03 diddles it was good, some of it was a little off, but i really liked 4 stars
5/24/02 Elizabeth Venable Nice poetic setting but sometimes awkward dialogue: "Nevermind, I'm talking crap." (Mario) 4 stars
9/25/01 Louis de Lang Brilliant! 5 stars
4/10/01 Matthew Bartley Lovely performances in a slight, slow piece of whimsy 4 stars
11/15/00 salvo toscano rest in peace massimo troisi, your previous film were much better than this 4 stars
11/03/00 half baked a must see, something you will not feel in other movies. 5 stars
2/19/99 Piz another sentimental treat from Italy that will make you love rooting for a good guy. 4 stars
1/31/99 Guess? Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Enough said. 5 stars
1/28/99 donkey_dew IT WAS GOOD. REEEAAAALLLYYY GOOD. 5 stars
12/18/98 Leo The film was 4 stars
11/28/98 Mr.Pink Didn't see what the fuss was all about... 3 stars
11/09/98 Spice When is this over. Whats the point!!!!!!!! 1 stars
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