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Il Postino: The Postman

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romance, gorgeous words, and the beauty of Italy.

Movie PG 1995 108 minutes
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IL POSTINO (The Postman) is one of those rare and passionate movies that make you want to rush out to a bookstore and lose yourself in endless shelves of printed pages. It so eloquently captures the spirit of the creative mind that seeing it might even inspire teenagers with an aversion to poetry to give it another try.

The Nobel Prize-winning poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda wrote about the beauty of everyday life, and gave voice to those with no outlet for their own joys and sorrows. Played wonderfully by Philippe Noiret, he exudes a warmth and a passion that far exceed his girth. The movie's tender humor comes mostly in his exchanges with the postman and aspiring communist Mario. The poet always has concrete answers to his curious friend's questions, even sticklers like "How do you become a poet?" And, there's a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac to this story, in that Mario relies on his friend's words to seduce his love until he gains confidence in his own voice.

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