"I don't like a house without a roof, a window without panes.
I don't like a day without work, or a night without sleep.
I don't like a man without a woman, or a woman without man.
I want to see lives joined, giving fire to kisses on lips that were cold.
I am a poet who's good at matchmaking."
– Quoted from the play Burning Patience by Antonio Skármeta
Nobel Iaureate Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet, had been living in Isla Negra, where his favourite home was located. During his time there, he maintains contact with the outside world through letters. Mario, a young mailman, is responsible for delivering mail to Neruda on his bicycle. A beautiful friendship develops between them, and Neruda's poetry gives the bumbling mailman the amorous words and metaphors to win the love of his dream woman.
As the political wind changes, Neruda moves to Paris, but he never forgets his old friend Mario and the lovely Isla Negra. Letters and poems again bring the poet and the mailman together. However, the fate of both men soon ties them to the political turmoil in Chile in 1973.
The Postman (El Postino) is an award-winning film written by famous Chilean novelist Antonio Skármeta. The film became one of the most popular foreign-language films in the US. It received five Oscar® nominations in the 68th Academy Awards and won 'Best Music' (Original Drama Score). It is also selected as one of the 'Top Ten Foreign Films' in the 2nd Golden Bauhinia Film Awards.