Embraced by audiences and critics worldwide, 'Il Postino' - is an unforgettable and heartwarming portrayal of a man's pursuit of love and acceptance. On a remote Mediterranean island, Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi), a shy and simple-minded fisherman's son, is hired to deliver mail to exiled "poet of love" Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret). As the two develop an improbable but tender friendship, Mario enlists Neruda's help to win the heart of a beautiful woman. During the sometimes hilarious courtship, Mario awakens the poet within himself and journeys on a life-changing course of romance and self-discovery.
Pablo Neruda (poems); Anna Pavignano; Michael Radford; Furio Scarpelli (also story); Giacomo Scarpelli (also story); Antonio Skármeta (novel "Ardiente Paciencia"); Massimo Troisi.
Philippe Noiret (Pablo Neruda); Massimo Troisi (Mario Ruoppolo); Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Beatrice Russo); Renato Scarpa (Telegrapher); Linda Moretti (Donna Rosa). Please contact SFC to add other cast members and characters.
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Il Postino - Poetry on Film
Mark Banks (United Kingdom)
Il Postino is poetry on film. There are few films that I’m hesitant to talk about, but this is one of them - for the simple reason that I think it should just be watched and savoured. Comparisons could be drawn between this film and many verses in the book of Sirach, for example: “Wine and music gladden the heart, but the love of friends is better than either… A friend or companion is always welcome, but a sensible wife is better than either” (40:20 & 23). Those that have seen Il Postino will have many other verses I’m sure.