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Station Agent, The
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"A simple yet beautiful and touching little masterpiece"
4 stars

The Station Agent is a unique and touching movie experience with themes of isolation and unlikely friendships. It is centred around Fin (Peter Dinklage), a trainspotting dwarf who prefers nothing more than to be left alone. So when he inherits a disused railway station in rural New Jersey after his only friend (and boss) dies, it is not a difficult decision to pack up and leave his hometown of New York.

With no neighbours for miles and plenty of opportunity to pursue his hobby, his new found home seems perfect. That is, until a couple of residents decide to impose themselves upon his seclusion. He soon discovers he has a neighbour by day Joe (Bobby Cannavale), who runs a food van by the road outside Finís place. Joe is a Cuban who is also from New York and is temporarily running his fatherís business as he is currently out of action due to illness. He craves conversation and companionship making him the complete opposite to Fin. Much to Finís discontent, Joe refuses to acknowledge Finís desire to be alone and is relentless in his attempts to become Finís buddy. The second person to invade Finís privacy is Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), a recently separated artist still grieving after the death of her son. They meet after she nearly runs over Fin and she visits him later to apologise. Eventually Olivia and Joe break down the barriers that Fin has built up around him and the trio form a heart warming friendship. Although tragedy, loneliness and sadness fill their lives there is also plenty of humour to be had mainly through Joeís simple yet big hearted and positive outlook on life.

Written and directed by actor Thomas McCarthy, The Station Agent has been made with a remarkable amount of confidence for a debut. It is a dialogue driven film that has won many awards and nominations for its screenplay as well as taking out the Sundance audience award. Beautifully shot by Oliver Bokelberg many scenes, although stark in their content, resemble photographs worthy of being hung in a gallery. The acting is spot on from the three leads, each of them giving believable and emotive performances with Peter Linkage proving he has what it takes to carry a lead role.

The Station Agent is about three characters from three completely different worlds who manage to forge a strong friendship despite their diversity. It shares quite similar themes to Lost in Translation but received far less attention and only received a limited cinema release in Australia. It is a beautiful, touching little masterpiece and is a must see for lovers of independent film.

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User Comments

11/16/18 Greg I've watched this movie probably 5 times over the years And I'll watch it again 5 stars
8/24/10 RLan a decent movie with a solid cast but it was slow at times. 3 stars
11/15/09 Liberty Man. Ditto to Annie G said. A pleasure to watch 4 stars
9/14/08 Annie G Extremely enjoyable film about friendship and life. 5 stars
3/03/08 ladavies Great performances, interesting characters. Great movie! 5 stars
12/29/07 David Absolute brilliance. You owe it to yourself to at least give this film a chance. 5 stars
4/29/07 Geraldine Lovely. And fun to watch back-to-back with Little Miss Sunshine. 5 stars
2/28/07 Matt Craven So good... but what ever happened with the librarian? What was the point of her role? 4 stars
5/16/06 Indrid Cold Hits all the right indie notes and almost none of the wrong ones. Dinklage is brilliant. 4 stars
8/30/05 ES Interesting, some comedy, sympathic main character 4 stars
8/15/05 Irene A truly wonderful movie. 5 stars
8/06/05 Phil M. Aficionado Just wish some of the scenes had played out a little longer; otherwise, great 4 stars
4/08/05 Rocco L Nazzaro Very good storyline about strangers that become friends. 4 stars
1/31/05 Darryl Wonderful characters and performances. A true gem. 5 stars
1/22/05 Tjalda L. Schiel Wonderful stuff. 5 stars
1/16/05 Jeff Anderson LIVING IN OBLIVION'S scene stealing Peter Dinklage is absolutely terrific in this movie! 5 stars
12/31/04 Landshark i like my trains straight , no chaser 4 stars
12/22/04 Michael O'Connor This is a great story. A MUST see film! 5 stars
12/17/04 Carl Utterback Truly funny and unforced. 5 stars
11/27/04 DM Not bad at all 4 stars
10/07/04 Rob P S Beautifully written and acted. 5 stars
9/29/04 Harry D A true gem. Fin's deadpan presence & honest dialogue won me over. 5 stars
8/10/04 Brian Mckay One of those rare films that I wish had gone on for longer. 4 stars
7/31/04 The Talking Elbow A refreshing movie which teaches a few good lessons. 4 stars
7/21/04 Danny Smith Gently humorous 4 stars
7/01/04 AlonsoGo Made me squirm but left a lasting grin on my face 4 stars
6/25/04 iulia pittman This is a very beautiful movie! 5 stars
5/23/04 Alan Liddle With the plot it should have shockin', but it was Great! 5 stars
4/17/04 alien assassin A film like this is worth a hundred "mainstream" flicks 5 stars
3/19/04 Fennie Mao Great movie for the whole family to enjoy. 4 stars
3/19/04 Jim Hollingsworth Great movie! It had me looking inside as much as at the movie! 5 stars
2/21/04 Matthew Smith a delightful film with plenty if heartfelt moments and very funny scenes 5 stars
2/19/04 cj Addictive! - a wonderful movie to see again and again. 5 stars
2/10/04 Liz Skipper Best picture I've seen since "The Way Home" [Korean] last year. So wonderful! 5 stars
1/21/04 Betty White Really good cast and an engaging storyline; what more can u ask for? 5 stars
1/17/04 Flora Durfee Great! One flaw was too much cigarette smoking, which wasn't necessary in telling the story 4 stars
12/28/03 Lorrie Rabin Wonderful movie! 5 stars
11/19/03 malcolm a pleasant little movie--a valuable lesson in minimalism 3 stars
11/07/03 Cameron Slick A small well-made film that explores loneliness very well. 4 stars
11/05/03 Ted A sensitive film to be enjoyed by all 5 stars
10/28/03 Deanna Fountain outstanding 5 stars
10/05/03 HH The best film I have seen so far this year 5 stars
9/18/03 Jeff Goldman A Masterpiece 5 stars
9/16/03 Hal Klegen The best film I saw all year! 5 stars
9/16/03 Nancy James Excellent!!!! 5 stars
9/16/03 April Connors Wonderful film!! 5 stars
9/11/03 Nick Hatalski Awesome film - A Must See 5 stars
7/20/03 Elizabeth Roussel A MUST SEE! 5 stars
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