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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie was really funny with great characters.
Worth watching something different for a change.
A nice chance for these actors to do their thing, but it is too slow, although some lovely old Pullman train cars and the funky boredom of New Jersey village life give this a... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Millennium Inc.
Loved it. Lots of local sites in NJ highlighted. Touches on lots of deep subjects while spinning a positive story of three new friendshipsPublished 6 days ago by Paul M.
My favorite movie of all time (or at least it shares that spot with about 10 others -- it's so hard to say "favorite" when it comes to great movies). Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer