Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Station Agent

Anyone out there familiar with this little film? We rented it last night. I really enjoyed this one, but Tuffy P declared it bad and left the room half way through the film. Outside of hers, there aren't many bad reviews of this one around. It is an oddball film. Here is the story-line blurb from the website: "Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) is a man trying to live life on his own terms. Looking only to be left alone, he takes up residence in an rural town's old train depot. But much like the station agents that occupied small town depots before him, he finds himself reluctantly becoming enmeshed in the lives of his neighbors, especially Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), a forty-year-old artist struggling with the break up of her marriage, and Joe (Bobby Cannavale) a thirty-year-old with a talent for cooking and an insatiable hunger for conversation - whether anyone wants to talk to him or not.
The STATION AGENT is about three people with nothing in common, except their shared solitude, until chance circumstances bring their lives together. Before long, from this forgotten depot, this mismatched threesome forges an unlikely bond, which ultimately reveals that even isolation is better shared"
. Directed by Tom McCarthy.

This is a sparse, gentle and charming film (Tuffy has another story, but this is my blog haha), in which nothing much happens - except that three characters, each somewhat consumed with their own issues, become friends. On the 5 anchovy rating scale, I give this one 3 and a half salties.


Red said...

I heart The Station Agent. Bobby Cannavale has never been more charming than in this film, especially when he serves his new-found friends his famous caffe con leche.

Heartwarming, gentle, grows on you almost imperceptibly, until you realize that you care so much for these people, you really want them to find serenity and happiness.

L.M. said...

Tuffy was mean, she didn't want them to be happy.

* (asterisk) said...

I really liked this film, Mr A. Your 3.5 salties would equate to 70 of my movie-rating percentage points, maybe a touch higher than I would give it, but not much.