Released in 1994, Il Postino(or The Postman) tells the story of a postman named Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) who lives in a secluded Italian fishing community where nothing really much happens and there is little to talk about. In the meantime, famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) is exiled to this island for political reasons and becomes friends with Mario.
Mario falls in love with Beatrice Russo (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) and finds himself inarticulate, horribly shy, and uninteresting. He asks Neruda for help so that he can express his love through poetry. Blessed with a memorable Oscar-winning score by Luis Bacalov, Il Postino is a simple film, but it is inarguably heartfelt and its story of two lonely people amid such natural beauty is indeed poetic in itself.
The film would be nominated for five Academy Awards: for Picture, Director (Michael Radford), a posthumous nomination for Best Actor (Troisi died of a heart attack the day after shooting was completed), Adapted Screenplay, and its only Oscar win in Original Dramatic Score.
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