Station Agent (15)
Written and Directed by Thomas McCarthy
This charming film picked up a shedload of awards at the independent
Sundance festival, and it’s easy to see why. Despite what seems
like an unlikely plot, the subtle direction and scripting bring-out believable
performances from the main actors, and fill the screen with radiance and
warmth. Though it sounds as though they should be, sick bags are not required
at any stage.
When Fin (Peter Dinklage) - a reclusive train enthusiast born with dwarfism
- loses his only friend to a sudden death, he inherits a lonely shack
beside a New Jersey railway line. His tranquillity is soon shattered however,
when an annoyingly gregarious hot dog vendor (Bobby Canavale) makes it
business to investigate his new neighbour, and he is twice nearly run
over by a bereaved painter (Patricia Clarkson). Despite initial wariness,
Fin gradually comes out of his shell, and the three become close friends.
There are no big names, no special effects and there has been no big promotional
push but word of mouth will hopefully see this movie become the hit it
surely deserves to be. There are laughs, there are smiles, and for 88
minutes it seems like the world isn’t such a bad place after all.