When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor. Written by
Perhaps it is not coincidental Finbar McBride's namesake or patron is St. Finbar (550-620), who lived as a religious hermit. Despite choosing a remote place to found a monastery, Finbar attracted many, even as many as to eventually increase into the city of Cork. The similarities are striking between the character and the bishop. See more »
When Fin and Joe spend the night at Olivia's, the towel she brings to Fin and places at the foot of the bed disappears in the next shot. See more »
Beautiful character studies, unhurried but continuously captivating
A story about a man with dwarfism who's hobby is trainspotting doesn't sound like an inspiring tale, but the Station Agent is a remarkable achievement in making it just that. Relocating to a fairly remote area where he has inherited some property, the main character becomes very popular - not because of his cute dwarfism, but because he exhibits an inner strength that enables people to eventually see past his physical deformity. Superb acting by all the cast, and wonderful contrasts between their inner lives and the outer personas they use to deal with the everyday superficialities of the world (including meeting new people). The film is beautiful, uplifting, realistic, without ever becoming cheesy or moralising. A joy to behold.
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