In my college, we have a Film Appreciation club of which I am a member. They screened this beautiful little film one day and it did take me by surprise. As the synopsis suggests, this is a journey film where we expect to meet interesting people and get to swim through the Chinese culture. But moreover, the film turns out to be more simple than engaging. It's a gentle sweeping film with simplicity at it's best. But people usually while watching this film forget the complex character development and emotions behind the scenes. There are always good moments in the film. No rape, no murder, no thrill, no action, but just a simple tale of passing a job from one generation to another. And that itself is a great moment.
Everyday in our lives we enjoy small moments like a friend's party, an anniversary celebration, a trip to a Hill Station,etc. If these moments were to be filmed, then while watching them is like watching Postman in the mountains. Subtle, slow, simple, even boring... but it's because we probably don't know how to place ourselves in other people's shoes and enjoy life's small moments. The father-son relation was the of course the best thing in this film. The way he gets emotional when he sees his son do his job in the end brings out emotions. There is also a cute dog in the film that connects the father and the son in some ways.
Postman in the mountains deserves more attention as it is a small masterpiece in the film world. Definitely a worth watch on a calm summer afternoon when you are in a good mood... If you haven't seen this film, please do watch it.
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