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Directed by: Thomas McCarthy Tom McCarthy

Produced: 2003

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: 15

Studio: Miramax (Lions Gate)

Length: 89 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 2 May 2011

Cat No: MIROPD2144

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Languages(s): English
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The Station Agent

Cast: Patricia Clarkson , Peter Dinklage , Paul Benjamin , Michelle Williams , Bobby Cannavale , Richard Kind , Lynn Cohen , Raven Goodwin , Marla Sucharetza , Jayce Bartok , Joe lo Truglio

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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this offbeat independent comedy drama stars Peter Dinklage as Finbar... Read More

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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this offbeat independent comedy drama stars Peter Dinklage as Finbar McBride, a lonely man with dwarfism who moves to an abandoned train station in rural New Jersey to live the life of a hermit after suffering the bereavement of his best - and possibly only - friend. But despite his intention to live a solitary existence, he unexpectedly meets fellow loners Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), an artist devastated by the loss of her son and subsequent separation from her husband, and Joe (Bobby Cannavale), an open and friendly hot dog vendor whose good-natured demeanour lays waste to Fin’s emotional barricades. The unlikely trio struggle with the conflict between their instinct to connect and open up to each other, and their need to carry on existing in the less risky state of isolation.
Fin is a man of diminished stature, who has lived a life in which he is dogged by idiots shouting 'dah plane, dah plane' (imitating Tattoo from Fantasy Island) and, as a result, has become somewhat insular. Bequeathed an abandoned station agent’s shed besides a rail track in Newfoundland, Fin leaves the life he has known behind. Or so he thinks. The combination of a garrulous Cuban with a hotdog stand on his doorway, a divorcee painter who almost kills him twice on the same stretch of road, a librarian with a crush on him and an overweight schoolgirl who wants him to speak in her class, finally draws Fin out of his shell and, in turn, makes The Station Agent remarkable viewing – comprising great warmth and, peculiarly perhaps, sincere truths. Reviewing the film, Philip French quoted Kenneth Tynan on Waiting for Godot (“Nothing happens, twice”) before going on to say: “In The Station Agent, not much happens, several times, but it's worth attending to.”

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