Il Posto (1963)



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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.


Loredana Detto
as Antonietta Masetti
Tullio Kezich
as Psychologist

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.

Dec 17, 2002

... 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.

Mar 25, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Neorealism bumps heads with surrealism and class critique ...

Sep 30, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 14, 2003 | Full Review…

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

Jun 22, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

This movie is genius. I love the way that the film that the ordinary seem extraordinary with simple things like camera movements and interesting angles. The story is simple and the cinematography is amazing. The lead actor is great, but it's mostly because of his facial expressions that you sympathize with a lot. It's like Micheal Cera has watched this movie and created a career out of it.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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