Star rating: *****
A movie which conveys so many aspects of life as well as a myriad of emotions all in one fairly simple, straight forward storyline. Michael Radford’s film, first released in 1994. With a glorious Italian setting for company, there couldn’t be a more picturesque backdrop for such a romantically driven cinematic piece. It’s easy to see why this is an award-winning film, the intricacy of every scene is exceptional.
We watch the story unfold through the eyes of fisherman, Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) who has instantly become ‘obsessed’ with a well-known poet, Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret). Pablo has moved to the island Mario inhabits (which is situated just off the coast of Naples) under exile. An unlikely friendship develops between the pair, with Mario taking a job as postman so that he can deliver letters to the man who has such a way with words and indeed, the ladies! Mario has his eye on Beatrice Russo (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) so he’s seeking Pablo’s help to turn her head.
There’s gentle humour combined with a real passion running through the thread of the piece and the chemistry between Troisi and Noiret adds an extra dimension to the idyllic and believable tale. While Maria Grazia Cucinotta epitomises elegance and grace. It’s easy to see why Mario wants to woo her, it’s only lack of education standing in his way and smothering his confidence.
Watching the restored version certainly enhances the viewing experience, as would be expected and with such spectacular views to soak up, it’s certainly worth watching Il Postino on either Blu-ray or DVD in the duel edition which has just been released. Click the image below to get your copy: