THE STATION AGENT (2003)

What a wonderful movie THE STATION AGENT is. I hadn’t watched it in a while and seeing Patricia Clarkson in THE DEAD POOL made me think about watching it again. I’ve seen the film at least 3 times and it never disappoints. I had a smile on my face for most it. The rest of the time I was getting those pangs of sadness. It’s a beautiful film about lonely people who are brought together by nothing more than geographic location to one another. They each have things that have isolated them from others and even though at times they embrace their desire to tune out the rest of the world, are drawn back together because they ultimately need one another to heal old wounds.
 
The cast is amazing. If you’ve ever wondered how Peter Dinklage is able to conjure up so much pathos and warmth as Tyrion Lannister on GAME OF THRONES, it’s here in spades. This was the film that put him on the map and it’s easy to see why his career has blossomed. Patricia Clarkson plays a woman whose husband (A small role played by MAD MEN’s John Slattery) left her after their son died. It’s the kind of quirky role she is known for but she brings a nuanced layer to it that is absolutely devastating. Bobby Cannavale plays a Cuban-American tasked with taking care of his father’s food truck while he convalesces. It’s his need for companionship that is the catalyst that brings the group together. Michelle Williams also appears as a young librarian who is drawn to Dinklage’s new to town Finn McBride, because he represents a break from her tragically mundane life.
 
At only an hour and a half, the movie moves briskly and I could have honestly visited longer with these characters just because they’re a pleasure to observe. It does have that quirky-reality of many of the indi films of the late 90’s/early 2000’s but that serves this film well. Having not watched it for a while I was a little concerned that it might have lost its charm, but it didn’t. I loved it just as much as when I first saw it 10 years ago in the theater. A MUST WATCH especially if you’re a fan of Peter Dinklage.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013