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The Station Agent
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If this were a film characterized by stereotype and lack of imagination and intelligence, Finn would emerge as the valiant hero, fighting the odds that Mother Nature dealt him. But, luckily, it is not. Filmmaker (writer-director) Thomas McCarthy is much too smart and sensitive to do something stupid like that. Finn is very quiet, but has his weaknesses, shown in a great scene at the local bar in tiny Newfoundland, New Jersey where Finn's been left an old train depot by his recently deceased former boss.
In the bar, he proceeds to get truly drunk and confronts the inner demon of his enormous frustration at his dwarfism by standing on the bar and taunting everyone else to look at him. He's a fully rounded person--he shuns human company but when it's foisted upon him--by garrulous young Joe, the hot dog vendor, and by Olivia, the klutzy but beautiful local artist--he does respond. He does laugh with his new friends, he does understand that others may have pain, maybe even deeper than his.
This is one of the year's best films because it dares to raise a true, deep, and honest voice amidst the glitzy schlock that Hollywood still cranks out to rake in the millions. This is a film that should not be missed for its depth of characterization and emotion, its courage, its honesty, sensitivity, and above all, its deep understanding of what being human really means.
Very highly recommended.
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A quirky, well acted movie. Life in many forms and how we deal with it. Love Peter Dinklage's performance and Bobby Canavale always a favorite.Published 9 days ago by Barbara Marsh
A sweet summer movie, somewhat formulaic, but wonderfully acted. Peter Dinklage is spectacularly good and seeing him bring this character to life makes the movie worth watching.Published 11 days ago by Claymoo
Wonderful gem of a movie. Actors are great, locale is brilliant.Published 11 days ago by Lucille D. Bonnes
This received great reviews so I was hoping for more. It was just good.Published 11 days ago by Christine
This sleepy little movie is so deftly directed and so well acted and so smooth and cool - it deserves to be watched.Published 13 days ago by L. Niemi
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