Sundance 2017 Documentary Review: “The Good Postman” (2016) ★★★★


In his farewell speech, the President of the United States Barack Obama thanked his fellow citizens “for everything”. And the last favor he asked for was “to believe not in the ability of someone who is empowered to change the things, but in yourself and your ability to make the difference.” After watching Tonislav Hristov’s remarkable and incredibly essential documentary movie “The Good Postman”, it sounded like despite it being recent the words of already former President Obama has taken a trip in the time capsule to reach out to one man who saw in himself an ability to revive his village for good. But sometimes what we plan and the outcome of it is something none of us can predict, and Ivan was an exception…

Ivan says, “The village is slowly disappearing. People die and nobody is born”. What he says is truly painful and real, as we are introduced to a man who not just delivers the post from one house to another, but helps every citizen he could have reached out to. As he knocks one door after another, Ivan, the protagonist, explains the villagers his desire to bring the changes to their life. He even says, I want to help the Syrian refugees to find a home in our Great Derbent.

While not many share Ivan’s enthusiasm and the plan prior to the upcoming election, we get a closer look into the electoral system of Bulgaria and its impact on a regular citizen. In the meantime, while Ivan promotes his big and ambitious ideas, his opponent also expresses his desire to become a mayor of Great Derbent, however, his ideas are opposite to the one that Ivan has. While the villagers must decide to select the future where they can enjoy fully crowded streets filled by the Syrian refugees, another half is dreaming of communism and how to bring it back.

In the light of the presidential election in the United States and the core values being offered by the president elect, it’s refreshing to see the look of Bulgarians and their approach towards the election, even though in Great Derbent there are approximately thirty-eight voters. In the end, “The Good Postman” is a profound, simple and delicate movie about how one man dreams big, but in the end, realizes, sometimes even the great changes you wish to bring, is something what people don’t want. It’s something you hardly can convince of… Because remember, at the end of the day, it’s not the weight or the size of human beings that matters, but a big heart that’s willing to proceed only the goodness of the world to spread it in one little and tiny village that will be enough to turn it into heaven on earth…


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