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January 10, 2009

The Station Agent

Station Agent The script for “The Station Agent” was custom- written for its cast by debut director Tom McCarthy. The picture is a testament to the liberating qualities of establishing character specificity to create a distinctive kind of screen magic.

Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) is a man of few words when the death of his best friend finds him seeking seclusion in an old rural New Jersey train depot that he now calls home. Who wouldn't want to live [alone] here?

Still the young dwarf is unable to avoid the friendly overtures of local cool townspeople Joe (Bobby Cannavale), a Cuban hotdog vendor, or Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), an artist with romantic intentions, who find the serious-natured Fin to be most enjoyable company around. But, is Fin capable of making friends?

“The Station Agent” is a sweet art film that is unapologetic as it is memorable. Peter Dinklage’s performance is poetic and pure as any you will ever observe on screen or off. Check out this wonderfully understated movie that features Peter Dinklage before he got big.

Rated R. 90 mins. (B+) (Three Stars)


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