In this movie Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small Italian island for political reasons. On the same island, a humble unemployed son of a poor fisherman unhappy with life is hired as a
postman due to the huge increase in mail from Neruda’s fervent admirers. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity’s mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda.
One of the important stories carried within the making of this movie is that Massimo Troisi, who played the postman felt he needed to make this movie, postponed heart surgery then died twelve hours after the cameras quit rolling.
The lens I ask you to see these film through is the one ‘of becoming’. After Neruda leaves the island, the postman sets about capturing the beautiful sounds of his island on a tape recorder and names them:its water, winds.
In so doing, he finds himself.
Then he is murdered.