Il Posto (1963)




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Movie Info

A young man finishes school and heads for Milan, takes his employment tests, and gets a job as a messenger in a large industrial firm, where the promise of stability gives him hope for a future.
Art House & International , Drama
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Cowboy Pictures


Critic Reviews for Il Posto

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Majestic predecessor of modern-day drone dramas like Office Space and this year's chilling Time Out.

December 17, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

... Olmi paints the anxiety and disappointments, as well as the brief moments of intimacy and communal joy, with a compassion for the people locked into these lives.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

a [neo-realism] classic that, thanks to a steadily mounting undercurrent of Kafka absurdism, is as easy to actually enjoy as well as admire.

May 10, 2005
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Neorealism bumps heads with surrealism and class critique ...

Full Review… | September 29, 2003

Il Posto is a finely crafted, unassuming, gentle film, but it has the honesty, integrity, and emotional strength to stand with the giants of its era.

Full Review… | July 14, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

a commentary on the workplace as damning as Brazil but one writ small and humbly

June 22, 2003

Audience Reviews for Il Posto

A great film depicting office work in the post war period in Italy. The lead comes across as terribly sweet. Thanks to TIFF for including it in their Cinematheque programming.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A deceptively simple, emotional film. This coming of age tale captures the fleeting and beautiful nuances of love along with the deadness inherent in corporate work life. An unforgettable ending.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


A masterpiece that captures and translates emotions in a vivid and compelling way. It made me feel the uneasyness, the echoes of shoes walking through large and empty corridors, eyes staring at you, unfriendly attitudes, unbearable monotony, complete hollowness of life or goals, very brief joy... now I'm really scared...

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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