“What is a metaphor?” Mario, a gentle, simple postman from an island of fishermen near Naples who delivers post to just one address, truly doesn’t know. Until the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda – who lives in the remote home – explains it to him. Mario proves to have an innate sense of the power of words. Initial, tentative conversations between the two about poetry lay the foundations for an exceptional friendship between men from entirely different worlds. They bond over their love of words and life. Although Neruda really was living in exile in Europe, the heartwarming yet never sentimental drama about friendship is fictional. This does not detract from its potency though: the picturesque location makes viewers long for the bygone days of the 1950s. Massimo Troisi, who played the lead, was also one of the driving forces behind this 1994 arthouse classic and died – aged just 41 – of heart failure mere hours after shooting wrapped.