The Station Agent

When his only friend dies, a young dwarf named Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) relocates to an abandoned train station in rural New Jersey, intent on living the life of a hermit. But his solitude is interrupted by his colorful neighbors. Finbar’s new crop of friends includes a struggling artist (Patricia Clarkson) coping with the recent death of her young son and a talkative Cuban hot dog vendor (Bobby Cannavale).

Rating: 6 out of 10

This is an interesting little character piece — no pun intended.

This is as small as indie films get, with a tiny cast, a tiny town, a small house and a lead of small stature. But it’s all intentional. We follow Fin, a loner whose only friend dies and leaves him a station house on an old train track. Fin and his friend were train enthusiasts and ran a hobby shop until he died. Fin packs up and leaves the shop behind to live in the station house where he meets a local child, a hot dog cart worker , and a divorcee who all try to befriend him.

Fin is reluctant, but his world gets just a wee bit larger with each relationship he builds. We see his internal struggles, his lack of communication and drinking that keep people away. Peter Dinklage is oustanding in the lead, and it’s nice to see a little person getting a lead role that doesn’t require them to be an elf or a hobbit. There are tons of layers to his character, which holds the movie together. It’s a very slow, simple film that isn’t for everyone. If you like character pieces, this is a good one.


3 responses to “The Station Agent

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  2. Glad you guys watched this one. I write and produce “small indies” and still wind up with the “oh, that’s just another indie” bias when I watch films. Irony or what? I can’t wait to see this film now. Peter Dinklage’s filmography shows that he actually has been recognized for talents beyond his small physical stature by the way. Unfortunately, many of the comedic pieces he’s been in still crack short jokes which distract from the fact that the guy can act.

    By the way – have you guys reviewed Funny People by Judd Apatow feat Adam Sandler? If not, please do. I’ve seen it and I am curious about your take. I call it an “about a boy” film. My wife and I watched About A Boy while we were dating (feat. Hugh Grant) and we to this day cannot decide whether it was a good film. I find myself at the same point with Funny People. I liked it, I think. Maybe your take might refine my thoughts.

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