The Station Agent 2003

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Dwarf Finbar McBride inherits an abandoned railway station and moves in. He avoids social contact and likes his isolated life but Joe and Olivia disrupt it. Joe has a refreshment stand and Olivia is a reclusive artist who's grieving the loss of her son. As they bring Fin out of his shell, all are affected by the new friendships.

Starring:
Patricia Clarkson,Michelle Williams
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Thomas McCarthy
Starring Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Williams
Supporting actors Peter Dinklage, Paul Benjamin, Jase Blankfort, Paula Garces, Josh Pais, Richard Kind
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 26 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
At last: a movie starring a dwarf who isn't a sidekick, isn't a leprechaun and doesn't spew 'wisecracks' such as, "Can you lend me a dime, I'm a little short. Hur hur hur!" Most certainly not. The Station Agent revolves around Finbar McBride, a quiet train enthusiast who moves into a little place in small-town America. A touching friendship develops with two people who don't stare at him or take photos and smile as if he's never been patronised before: Joe and Olivia. And that's pretty much it. But the beauty of The Station Agent lies in its delicacy: an entire friendship is conveyed in detail without any in-your-face Hollywoodisms to make sure you're having a good time. The characters on display here are- refreshingly- ones you will actually care about. There are few enormous dramatic events that string this together, just deep relationships between three oddball, likeable characters and a very slow plot. With some of the finest acting you'll see all year, we've finally found a film that needs only human emotions to make it memorable. This is a low-budget indie flick done incredibly well: don't miss out.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 8 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My friend made me watch this when I was tired and grumpy and I expected to hate it. But it is lovely! The story traces the relationship of three characters. Finn, who starts the story, is the centrepiece of it. He is a train enthusiast who inherits an old train depot in a remote town, and who really wishes for nothing other than to be left alone. He is forced into friendship with Joe, who refuses to give up in the face of Finn's unfriendliness - and the two have some wonderful scenes together, as when Finn times how long Joe can go without breaking Finn's peaceful silence. The third character is Olivia, a painter dealing (or not dealing) with the loss of her son many years ago. All three characters are beautifully drawn and the story deals with issues of prejudice and grief without ever retreating into sentimentality. The three actors (the only one of whom I recognised was Olivia who was the mother in Pieces of April) were amazing - such strong performances. I'm really not a fan of films that deal with issues in a heavy-handed way (which was what I expected from this after reading the blurb on the back of the box), and I was really surprised by how well - mixing moments of real humour with real sadness - this film approached its core themes. I didn't want it to end - and what better recommendation can there be?!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Gillis on 22 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
An engaging story about 3 very different people - Fin (Peter Dinklage), a loner who is fascinated with trains and inherits a train depot, Joe(Bobby Cannavale), an extraverted, "in your face" kind of guy and Olivia (Patricia Clarkson)an eccentric painter. Beautifully filmed, the cast subtly portray their characters. It would be a pity to tell you more because the beauty of this film is watching the unlikely relationship that develops between these three. An incredibly beautiful and subtle film that is on my TOP 5 for this year.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
I purchased this film from Blockbuster on their 5 for 35 offer on ex rental.
It is probably worth the whole amount by itself! I first watched the movie around 2.30am one night when I couldn't sleep. It is one of the best "human condition" films that I've seen in ages, the characters are great and there is little wrong with the movie. If you enojoyed films such as dead poets, fried green tomatoes, etc then you will love this. Slow, funny, and immersive. Watch it .....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2013
Format: DVD
'The Station Agent ' is the kind of superb film you want to share with everyone! It is a slow feel good film with no real direction nor any real ending.

Fin, a four foot five inch small person, played by Peter Dinklage, has inherited an outpost dilapidated train Agent's Station in the wilds of New Jersey. This is a small desolate town, and the train station is right up Fin's alley. He is a man turned into himself, it appears after much teasing and bullying as a child and as an adult, he prefers time to himself. He has turned into a loner for self preservation. He finds this agent station fits him well. And, then, comes along Joe, played by Bobby Cannavale, a high strung, talkative, Cuban who is running his dad's food truck. He parks the truck near Fin's new home, so coffee is readily available. Fin is run into, literally, by Olivia, played by Patricia Clarkson.. She is an artist, mourning her lost marriage and her dead son. These three people come together, unusual friends, but each of them have a need that the other seems to fill. Fast friends they become after several stops and go. Chole, a young black girl is attracted to Fin, and he feels comfortable with her. Fin takes daily walks to learn about the town and to follow the trains, his obsession. Soon, his friends are walking with him. Through trials and tribulations, this film fills a need within all of us. The acting is superb, the filming lovely and the storyline, so important in this day and age of estrangement from each other.

Highly Recommended. Walk don't run to see this film. prisrob 04-18-13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
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A simple, straight forward, and subtle drama with a comic lilt, "The Station Agent" is an excellent film. The great Peter Dinklage stars as Finbar McBride, a melancholy man with a love of trains and a physicality that makes him stand out in a crowd.

When he moves to a small New Jersey town, he becomes acquainted with an array of characters who open up the melancholy Fin. Loss and loneliness are stepping stones to finding meaning and himself.

Mixing melancholy with a jazzy energy, the film's soul is profound. Family can be made in chance meetings with people, and embracing those who are different may provide more joy than one could expect. This is the message of "The Station Agent," and it is, perhaps, the reason the film makes a great impact.
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