The Station Agent (2003)

The Station Agent
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Director: Thomas Mccarthy
Actors: Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Benjamin, Richard Kind, Paula Garces, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, Josh Pais, Raven Goodwin, Jayce Bartok, Lynn Cohen, Marla Sucharetza, Jase Blankfort, Joe Lo Truglio

Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) is a man trying to live life on his own terms. Looking only to be left alone, he takes up residence in an rural town's old train depot. But much like the station agents that occupied small town depots before him, he finds himself reluctantly becoming enmeshed in the lives of his neighbors, especially Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), a forty-year old artist struggling with the break up of her marriage, and Joe (Bobby Cannavale) a thirty-year-old with a talent for cooking and an insatiable hunger for conversation - whether anyone wants to talk to him or not.

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Run time: 88mins
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Member Reviews (44)

Another little gem from Thomas McCarthy - (go watch The Visitor). Well written, well acted and has some wonderful and slightly quirky characters. Peter Dinklage gives his usual solid performance and the people who become his friends are a likeable bunch. If you want action, this is not your film. A thoughtful and emotionally satisfying drama. Recommended.
Posted Friday, 6 December 2013 See my other reviews
Boasting a fantastic cast and an excellent script, this is a smart and delightfully sweet film about love, loneliness and getting by with a little help from our friends.
Posted Thursday, 16 May 2013 See my other reviews
Babs B
A unusually movie however very likeable and easy to watch.
Posted Monday, 13 May 2013 See my other reviews
Very enjoyable, evenly paced intriguing movie about life, friendship and the need to be by yourself. Not your typical hollywood movie (or ending!) at all. Strangely compelling. 4 stars.
Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 See my other reviews
Very enjoyable movie with terrific performances.
Posted Friday, 1 February 2013 See my other reviews
This was a wonderful movie.Brilliant performances from all cast.A great relief from the Hollywood dominated American cinema.Recommended for people who want something different.
Posted Sunday, 6 January 2013 See my other reviews
Interesting movie, enjoyed it very much, put it on your list!
Posted Thursday, 9 August 2012 See my other reviews
this movie was bizarre and i kept hopeing something was going to happen but nothing did..... i read the reviews and hoped for more, but nothing eventuated.
Posted Tuesday, 10 April 2012 See my other reviews
I usually like these poignant obscure movie genres but for me this was bizzare and hard to watch and as deep as I can get in to my soul....I thought this movie was ordinary to say the lease.....a genuine struggle..both for the story line and me.
Posted Saturday, 19 November 2011 See my other reviews
To be left alone is not easy to achieve is perhaps the message of this movie. It's an odd film, with at times very short sequences that seem quite pointless. But maybe they just add to the overall laconic mood and feel. Unfortunately the story goes nowhere and the ending is particularly poor.
Posted Saturday, 7 May 2011 See my other reviews
alistair c
Agree with all of the reviewers, a great little film. Well worth watching and quite captivating once it got going.
Posted Wednesday, 13 April 2011 See my other reviews
A gentle, humerous and touching movie about life and how we're all just trying to get through it with the help of friends, often unlikely ones.
Posted Thursday, 23 September 2010 See my other reviews
Anita L.
A sweet little movie, about different people becoming friends when they least expect it.
Posted Saturday, 4 September 2010 See my other reviews
This strange little movie is a big surprise. The characters are very nomal people, though each is a misfit in their own way. It's about friendship, being there for friends and leaving them alone when necessary.
Posted Monday, 7 September 2009 See my other reviews
Brian M.
Lovely indie film about a lonely dwarf (Peter Dinklage) who inherits an old station house in New Jersey. He becomes involved with 2 other loners and unlikely friendships form. Dinklage is superb as is Bobby Cannavale but the film belongs to Patricia Clarkson. She is always very good. In this, she is brilliant. Recommended to serious moviegoers.
Posted Tuesday, 18 August 2009 See my other reviews
Wayne W.
This was not at all what I was expecting. Perhaps that makes a movie that you enjoy seem even better. A misanthropic main character inherits an isolated train station building and is forced into relationships he doesn't desire. A really sweet movie with a surprising amount of quiet chuckles about three unlikely friendships although all three characters do share a common bond, even if it is not overtly the reason for their liaisons. I really enjoyed this and watched it more than once.
Posted Thursday, 12 February 2009 See my other reviews
John N.
Finn (Peter Dinklage) is the repairman in Henry's model train shop, The Golden Spike. But Henry is a chain-smoker and he drops dead one day. The shop and its contents are sold, and Finn is out of a job, but Henry has left him a plot of land a mile or so from a small rural town in New Jersey called Newfoundland. When Finn goes to inspect it, he finds a single-line railway runs through the property and an agent's office right beside the track. The inside of the building is rather like a stationmaster's office, complete with ticket box, a comfortable couch, sink and stove. Finn makes himself at home. Being unusually small he is often made fun of and keeps very much to himself, so when Joe (Bobby Cannavale), a friendly Cuban immigrant, who parks his coffee wagon nearby, calls on him and offers him a cup of coffee, he politely declines. Joe has few friends too, spending all his free time looking after a sick father, so he persists with Finn and it's not long before he joins him trainspotting. Finn also meets Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), an artist living in the town, who nearly runs him over in her 4-wheel drive. He won't accept the lift she offers, so she turns up at his place with a bottle of bourbon and they settle down for a quiet evening. It's not long before all three are out trainspotting, drawn together by their individual loneliness. This delightfully quirky movie, despite its dark side, has a lightness and genuine charm. Very little movement of the camera emphasizes the peacefulness of the setting, as if time stands still as we get to know the characters. The varied soundtrack, closer to folk than country, matches the story perfectly.
Posted Wednesday, 10 September 2008 See my other reviews
Jack K.
Unsentimental, but heart warming Thomas McCarthy’s quirky and original tale of the importance of friendships is a comedy-drama winner. A trio of oddball outsiders find comfort in one another in, of all places, an unused train depot in New Jersey. They are train enthusiast Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage), a dwarf, Joe, an insecure, but talkative Latino roadside food vendor, and Oliva an angry divorcee artist. Dinklage is outstanding as the stoic loner beaten down by peoples’ perceptions of his small stature life, but who angrily breaks out of his shell. We know the film’s message before it starts: people shouldn’t be judged by superficial observations. In a most entertaining way TSA shows us that stereotyping can cause emotional distress. Four and a half stars.
Posted Wednesday, 3 September 2008 See my other reviews
Jeff D.
teaches you to look past the external and enjoy what people really are. shows the life of a truly original man in a truly original script. well worth watching and as all other reviers have stated, leaves you with a good feeling of friendship and a warm heart.
Posted Tuesday, 4 March 2008 See my other reviews
Alfred S.
An extremely simple story of friendship that is far more endearing that one might think. It was a little slow to get going but once it did, I couldn't stop watching.
Posted Friday, 29 February 2008 See my other reviews
Samantha H.
No thought required. Characters grow on you as their friendships develop. Unlikely people becoming friends. Makes you consider where friendship begins and ends.
Posted Tuesday, 12 February 2008 See my other reviews
Chris P.
Posted Monday, 8 October 2007 See my other reviews
Beessan S.
One of my favourites- subtle and moving- i love watching the characters and players in this film. the main three are fantastic- that girl from dawsons i dont like but even she couldnt mar this film.
Posted Tuesday, 1 May 2007 See my other reviews
Siobhan W.
starts off a little slow but is worthwhile perservering as it is a lovely movie highlighting the important of good friendships
Posted Monday, 19 March 2007 See my other reviews
Rod L.
Posted Thursday, 8 March 2007 See my other reviews
John O.
The first half in particular of this excellent little indy are drole and fun and emotionally involving. If the second half staggers a little, it's only because it has to resolve the story ... Lovely memorable show.
Posted Monday, 26 February 2007 See my other reviews
Rochelle H.
This film left a lasting impression... Wonderful characters, moving, yet not overly sentimental.
Posted Tuesday, 12 December 2006 See my other reviews
Wonderful film. A sleepy little story line which is brought to life by some amazing characters and performances.
Posted Wednesday, 1 November 2006 See my other reviews
Erica N.
Posted Thursday, 28 September 2006 See my other reviews
Zainab Z.
Posted Monday, 14 August 2006 See my other reviews
John H.
Kept me fascinated even though I couldn't explain why.
Posted Wednesday, 2 August 2006 See my other reviews
Bruce R.
Posted Thursday, 29 June 2006 See my other reviews
Michelle P.
Quirky, adorable, totally real, funny, sad, mad and you gotta see this!!!!!
Posted Sunday, 13 November 2005 See my other reviews
Hard to get started, but then a touching story about 3 very different individuals, shame the end was so sudden.
Posted Sunday, 6 November 2005 See my other reviews
Ian McCoy
The station agent is a movie that not everyone will like but it has a warm acceptance to it. Friendships are important and this movie has three people with completely different personalities that form a bond together just out of everyday living.. I love the script and people who will enjoy this movie will remember it for the rest of there lives. Smile and enjoy. I look forward to Thomas Macarthey's next movie..
Posted Sunday, 23 October 2005 See my other reviews
Tricia Bolin
Posted Tuesday, 2 August 2005 See my other reviews
Kylie Bourne
Posted Wednesday, 27 July 2005 See my other reviews
Greg Woodland
Posted Friday, 8 July 2005 See my other reviews
William Wolf
Simple story line but very engaging characters. Warms the heart.
Posted Friday, 29 April 2005 See my other reviews
A moving whimsical story of friendship between three totally different characters, one being a dwarf train spotter.
Posted Friday, 15 April 2005 See my other reviews
Logan Brownlee
Posted Thursday, 7 April 2005 See my other reviews
Yvette Lansell
What an original film. It emphasised the importance of friendship and that people who seem to have nothing in common can rely on each other in times of need. A sweet, emotional and heat-warming film. A must see!
Posted Wednesday, 8 December 2004 See my other reviews
Anne Reynolds
Posted Thursday, 25 November 2004 See my other reviews
Maria Reyes
Posted Monday, 15 November 2004 See my other reviews
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