The Station Agent

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  88 min.
Release Date: October 10, 2003
DVD: June 15, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.54
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Cast: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Raven Goodwin, Michelle Williams, Paul Benjamin

Synopsis

Finbar McBride (Dinklage) wants to be left alone. But at four foot five, fading into the crowd is an almost impossible task. Fin has responded to the unsolicited attention that his condition attracts by choosing a life of separation, alone with his one passion: trains.

When Fin finds his isolation threatened, he retreats deeper into his self-contained world by taking up residence in an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey.

But much like the station agents that occupied small town depots before him, Fin finds himself, however reluctantly, enmeshed in the lives of his neighbors. A close call with an SUV introduces Fin to Olivia Harris (Clarkson), a 40-year-old artist struggling with the recent death of her young son and the subsequent break up of her marriage. The hot dog stand next door is run by Joe Oramas (Cannavale), an inquisitive 30-year-old with a talent for cooking and an insatiable hunger for conversation. From the forgotten depot this mismatched threesome forge an unlikely bond, which ultimately reveals that even isolation is better shared.

Director: Tom McCarthy
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Robert May, Mary Jane Skalski, Kathyrn Tucker
Screenplay: Tom McCarthy
Official Site: www.thestationagent.com

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