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Il Postino/The Postman

Il Postino (1994) is the most beautiful ode to friendship and poetry. It is a captivating, inspiring movie that will ultimately make viewers helplessly fall in love with poetry, Pablo Neruda and the hidden poets within themselves. Emotions and genuine feelings find a way to surface even the simplest, most ignorant minds in a lyrical way and give a tender voice to their turmoil.
  
Il Postino/The Postman, an Italian film from British director Michael Radford (White Mischief, The Elixir), nominated for five Academy awards, is the story of the friendship between Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) and the postman Mario Ruopolo (Massimo Troisi) who delivers his letters during his short exile on a small Italian island. Arriving there in 1953, the famous Chilian poet, Pablo Neruda and his companion, Matilde, meet Mario Ruoppolo, the postman. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship that helps Mario win the heart of the most beautiful girl on the island, Beatrice Russo, and offers the poet an insight into the simple, unadorned lives of fishermen. Beatrice is a name that haunted the hearts of poets such as Dante Alighieri, Gabrielle d'Annuzio, Charles Baudelaire or William Shakespeare and she is also the beauty that sweeps Mario off his feet. She wins Mario's heart with a pinball that she lasciviously puts into her mouth and he bewitches her with his metaphors. 
 
Politics, humour, love, friendship and poetry are the elements that make Il Postino a simple and unlikely film. It is not a tear-jerker, yet Mario's fate melts your heart, it does not have a sophisticated subject or narrative, yet it is soul-touching in the performances. In a poor, isolated place, where life moves at a slow and uneventful pace, sensitive hearts find a way to express their emotions in a delicate, poetic manner. Pablo Neruda, the woman charmer, helps the postman find a voice for his feelings and gains a true friend that makes him appreciate simple things in life. Mario learns the power of words and conquers the viewers with his simplicity, modesty, passion and determination. Philippe Noiret, who starred in Cinema Paradiso, makes a stunning role, full of understanding and patience. All in all, the film is a delightful, with Franco di Giacomo's photography that captures poetry in every corners of the island and with the film's score, composed by Luis Enríquez Bacalov.

Dedicated to the Italian actor -"To our friend, Massimo", the movie was the dream project of Massimo Troisi who postponed a heart intervention to finish Il Postino and died a day after the film was completed. There are such rare characters who value their work so much that they give it their all. Such a person was Massimo Troisi whose balanced acting and incredible commitment added up to the spectacular cinematography of this exceptional film.

If You Forget Me

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But
if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.