The Station Agent


(out of 5)

A train enthusiast (, who effortlessly carries the entire film) finds himself alone in the world when his aging employer and best friend suddenly dies and leaves him an abandoned railway station in his will. Moving to a tiny New Jersey town to live in his new home, Dinklage, who is a dwarf, must continue to contend with society’s viewing him as a freak of nature. In reality, he thinks of himself a plain and simple bore, while the friends he makes have hangups and quirks that would make any circus ringmaster proud.   is excellent as the motormouthed coffee truck man who forces friendship upon our stoic hero, while  steals the show as the beautiful, pained woman who works her way into his heart. Everything about this independently filmed drama is timed to perfection, with a marvelous and heartfelt screenplay that instantly makes all the characters and their situations cherishable. The whole thing is full of so many wonderful small, treasured moments that you won’t want it to ever end.


USA, 2003

Directed by Tom McCarthy

Screenplay by Tom McCarthy

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2003


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