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The Good Postman (2016)

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On the eastern edge of Bulgaria, bordering Turkey, amid wizened orchards and an ancient patchwork of farmlands, sits a poor and sleepy hamlet that time seems to have forgotten. Despite the sparse population of silver-haired citizens wistful for the brighter days of communism, democracy is in full force as the village prepares in earnest for its mayoral election. Meanwhile, an endless train of Syrian refugees bound for Europe silently traipses through the rural terrain, visible through the binoculars of one gentle and taciturn candidate, the postman. Told through indelible, lush images, this quietly cinematic film exposes seismic divisions regarding immigration and what it means to be European in an age of global displacement and shifting political systems. With dry humor and remarkable sensitivity toward its beguiling ensemble of characters, Tonislav Hristov's documentary plays like a scripted narrative, with the postman as the film's grounding hero-a man who sees encroaching darkness not in the desperate exiles filing across his land, but in his own increasingly closed-off and distrustful town.

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The Good Postman is the best kind of microcosm documentary, one that boasts an expansive worldview.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

... formally impressive, framing the village in long shots containing both natural beauty and decrepit buildings.

March 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Microcosm of Eastern European impacts and debates...Where Ivan sees refugees...pointing to positive development, others complain...and hopeful vibes depressingly dissipate.

July 30, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

A documentary that exposes bigotry, fear, and anger as toxic forces in a dying village in Bulgaria.

June 10, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Hristov stands back and silently observes as the election campaign plays out, showing rather than telling, how much economic circumstances can drive both word and deed.

February 18, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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