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When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor. Written by
The Station Agent is one of those films where there doesn't seem to be much
in the way, at least in conventional terms, of a story being told without
dubious circumstance. Whoever Finbar- Fin (Peter Dinklage, in a mostly
low-key, appropriately observant performance) meets in the small town of
Newfoundland, NJ will either be at some degree of a friend to him, or
someone who passes him by and scoffs at his apparent height of four foot
five inches. The way writer/director Thomas McCarthey has characters
interact with each other is also rewarding, since they come off as solid and
believable to their situations (the life-affirming Joe, the sweet and lonely
Olivia, the little fascinated girl Cleo, and the young, sexy Emily). And at
the same time he doesn't lose sight of the center of the film, which is the
obsession with trains. It's a wonderful motif to have with these
characters- most especially for Fin- who don't seem to go anywhere much, and
are content to watch them go by as they stay put in the town. By the end I
felt like I saw a heart-warming comedy, despite the sad moments, as it went
for a more human side to actions and dialog, instead of a
'slapstick-because-there's-a-dwarf' ideal to comedies. Fin is a person, and
we're given him as a uniquely empathetic persona in Dinklage's performance.
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