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A wonderful little film,
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This review is from: The Station Agent [DVD]  (DVD)
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?!