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#2 of 4 Small, Beautiful Films: “The Station Agent”


The Station Agent (2003)

The Station Agent is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tom McCarthy

Fin McBride (Peter Drinkage) is a lonely man suffering from dwarfism.  His entire social life is centered around railroad enthusiasts and he even works in a model railroad store.  His closet friend – maybe his only real friend – is also his boss and when he dies, Fin inherits a small, broken down train station where he goes to live as a hermit.   But he soon finds that a food truck has opened nearby, run by the effervescently friendly Joe (Bobby Cannavale) and Fin simply cannot resist Joe’s good humor, not to mention his coffee.  Into the picture by way of an auto accident soon comes Olivia (Patricia Clarkson) who is dealing with her own grief.

The three main characters – almost the only characters in the movie, I’d add – deliver standout performances of emotional depth and complexity.  It sounds like a cliché but we can’t help but feel that we understand them as though we’ve known them for years.  I would not say the film ends on a hopeful note, but it does end with a believable and satisfying emotional release.


Linda Bennett


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