The Station Agent
Loneliness is much better when you have got someone to share it with.
The passion of the lonely and quiet dwarf Finbar McBride is trains. Fin inherits some land with an old depot in the middle of nowhere in Newfoundland, New Jersey, when his partner, also a fanatic for trains and unique friend Henry Styles, dies. He moves to the train station, where his neighbor is the Cuban Joe Oramas, who is manning his sick father's hot-dog trailer. He also meets Olivia Harris, a clumsy divorced woman who grieves the death of her beloved son Sam. After some days, the weird trio becomes friends.
"When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog". So begins the plot summary over at IMDb. I didn't realise the sentence had cut off and thought that was possibly the best basis for a film EVER. But even without a verbose sausage roll (it's actually a hot dog vendor), this is comfortably one of the best movies of the decade just gone, boasting as it does a revelatory performance from Peter Dinklage. He's the deceptively boring dwarf who ups sticks upon inheriting a dilapidated train station and finds friendship with the relentlessly upbeat temporary manager of a mobile eaterie (Bobby…
"I'm Nobody! Who are you?/ Are you – Nobody – too? /Then there's a pair of us! /Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know! /How dreary – to be – Somebody!/ How public – like a Frog – / To tell one's name – the livelong June –/ To an admiring Bog!" - Emily Dickinson
This is probably the most pretentious thing I've ever written, but the Station Agent immediately reminded me of this poem. The characters in it seemed to become a, sort of, community of loners and it was a very interesting and real story that unfolded, due to the great dialogue by McCarthy and the tremendous cast.
This is one of those movies where, no matter how you feel, you can't help but smile.
The Station Agent is such a simple, beautiful little movie. Writer/director Thomas McCarthy has this incredible ability to write these true, layered and deeply human characters that I feel is incredibly underrated. He did solid, if not particularly exceptional, work on his other two features, Win Win and The Visitor, but The Station Agent really demonstrates his talent for capturing heartfelt emotion. His debut picture, this is far and away my favorite of his work to date, aided in large part by a whole ensemble of magnificent performances. Portraying a lonely dwarf who inherits a train depot from his only friend when he unexpectedly passes away, Peter Dinklage really breaks through as an actor with a keen eye for hitting…
“It's funny how people see me and treat me, since I'm really just a simple, boring person.”
-Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage)
I think lovely is the only word I could use to summarise this curious little film. Everything about it, it’s just lovely. From director Thomas McCarthy, The Station Agent follows Finbar McBride, a withdrawn soul whom inherits a depot from his only friend, moving there to seek solitude. However, he is soon entangled with an artist struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor.
For a feature debut, The Station Agent is an incredible feat, not merely good, but great. Actor turned director Thomas McCarthy shows aptitude and skill behind the cameras, delivering a brilliantly…
Watched The Station Agent for the first time. It won't be the last.
Game of Thrones fans, you HAVE to watch this movie if you like Peter Dinklage.
I cannot possibly recommend THIS movie more to the people.
Here's what came to mind on how to describe it.
What if Lars Von Trier made a genuinely happy movie?
Great film. Great cast, too. Patricia Clarkson, I don't know why she wasn't nominated for an Oscar for this film, I don't know. Dinklage, as well. As I said on the Game of Thrones pod, the only thing that seperates him and Robert Downey Jr. is height.
Bobby Cannivale is also great as one of these great "overly friendly" characters. Reminded me…
4/5 because Dinklage is absolutely phenomenal.
The movie is full of charm I found myself smiling throughout the whole movie, and the characters are great, all lonely and all completely unique, it's great to see how they bond and they do so in such a natural way that really draws you in. Obviously it's a theme that Thomas McCarthy cares about, he explores it again in the visitor and in up. Great stuff.
'The Station Agent' is a great movie--it's extremely well-made and subtle, but the characters are inventive while still managing to be real, and some scenes are powerful and striking. It is a quiet movie, but sometimes that is better.
A great cast and just-quirky-enough characters make director Tom McCarthy's debut a warm, resonant film about loneliness.
Fick lite samma känsla av denna som av Me And You And Everyone We Know: en film man vill leva i, med den lycka och tragik som medföljer.
I liked this small drama at the time, but I don't remember too much about it. I think I'd like it even more now, since I've greatly enjoyed Tom McCarthy's two successive films, and because Peter Dinklage is awesome.
I really liked this. My only gripe is that it was slightly unfulfilling plot-wise. Otherwise it's very solid, Dinklage was great.
Flawed, but made from the soul. Overacted (curiously from every actor except the protagonist), but charming at the same time. Joyful little film. It reminded me of the spirit of films like "Bottle Rocket" (1996).
Awesome. A great watch with a delightful script and lovely characters. Loved the way this movie deals with various themes, specially friendship.
On one level, there’s not a lot to this film. It doesn’t try to be funny, it doesn’t try to be dramatic… it doesn’t really try to be anything, other than just to be. There’s a certain sense of abruptness to the ending, because everything is played so low-key that it’s possible to not realize you’re in the epilogue of the movie. And yet, it’s a charming film in its own way. These are likeable characters, and it doesn’t hit you over the head with any of their personal issues, or present itself as some sort of triumph over adversity. They start out flawed characters, they end up flawed characters. But The Station Agent remains a likeable film despite not having any grand sense of purpose. Read full review.