Welcome Mr. Postman (Bondy, 2004)

A charming global tale, Welcome Mr. Postman begins with a prologue explaining it’s thematic goals. Director Madeline Bondy’s film connects the world through a series of visits by Postmen and their Families to far off countries, interacting with other Postmen and their families. For example, her Danish family visits a Mexican family in Mexico City, then the Mexican family travels to Japan, then the Japanese family sets off for Zimbabwe, and then that family visits Denmark, completing the circle in the filmmakers own words. Seeing these people in far off lands is entertaining and for them, apparently life-altering, even though they don’t spend a goodly amount of time there. Bondy spends equal time with each interaction, focusing on the similarities of each through her choices in editing. Children interacting at local schools, husbands partaking in the postmen duties at work, and the wives musing over their different roles as mothers. Welcome Mr. Postman can be faulted because it’s editing scope feels tired, traditional and simple by films end. But Bondy revels in this repetitive character structure, and her film is completely unpretentious in it’s outlook on life and cultural interaction. While pitted with countless holes in timeline or arc, Welcome Mr. Postman sets out to show how the many corners of the world aren’t that different after-all, and it’s a refreshing thought even if it’s overly simple.

– Screened at the 2007 San Diego Latino Film Festival

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