Il Postino **** (out of 5) (1994)

Cast: Phillippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Directed by Michael Radford

When the famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, is forced into exile on a small but poor Italian island, an unemployed local with a bike takes on a job to deliver Neruda's mail up in his house on the cliffs. During his daily visits, the mailman and the poet soon become friends, and the poet's love poems inspires the mailman to become a poet himself to woo the local beauty.

A very well-made film by Radford, with perfect actors and characterizations. In it's own silent way, the film is not only engaging and moving, but surprisingly smart as well. Nice Oscar winning score by Luis Bacalov, and Oscar nominations went to Troisi, Radford and Best Picture as well. Sadly, Troisi died of heart failure the day after the film finished shooting.

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