Every Friday, we feature a movie one of our staff has chosen as their favorite Miramax film, along with personal stories about what makes it special to them. Consider watching one over the weekend. Today’s pick is The Station Agent from our Digital Media Coordinator and Editor, Kathy Lindboe.
The Station Agent is a quiet film. There are only three main characters. There’s minimal action, sparse dialogue and few subplots. You will not see any extreme violence or gratuitous sex. You will not be on the edge of your seat waiting for the big twist to unfold. This isn’t an overly dramatic tearjerker or a ridiculous laugh out loud movie. There’s no sweeping score, no epic cinematography and not one computer generated image. Its simplistic storytelling and complex characters are more interesting without all of that and you will love it.
Though it’s clear that Fin (Peter Dinklage), Joe (Bobby Cannavale) and Olivia (Patricia Clarkson) are unlikely friends, you’ll root for them to connect and leave their isolated lives behind. You’ll watch them endure loneliness and appreciate that they are flawed and sometimes unlikable. You’ll find it hard to believe that this is the writer/director, Tom McCarthy’s first feature film because each moment is crafted so perfectly, so intimately. If you didn’t already appreciate the talent of Dinklage, Cannavale and Clarkson, you will now. But don’t just take my word for it…
You will wish these characters were your friends. You will not want the movie to end. You will long to know what the next moments hold for Fin, Joe and Olivia. As you realize you must say goodbye, you will wish only the best for them and as the credits roll over the final frame. You will soon wonder why so few movies deliver poignant storytelling like The Station Agent, and why so many spend obscene amounts of money on special effects and high-octane action sequences, yet tell meaningless tales. Hopefully the big takeaway will be that you have a greater understanding of the fact that others benefit from knowing you and that your life is worth sharing – not on Facebook, not on Twitter, not through selfies and constant status updates but through real face to face companionship. At least, this is how I feel every time I watch this beautiful film.
- Fin, Joe, and Olivia get to know each other better on a walk along the town's old train tracks. In this scene: Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage), Joe Oramas (Bobby Cannavle), Olivia Harris (Patricia Clarkson)
- A couple of locals stop by the hot dog stand and are shocked to see the town's newest resident. In this scene: Joe Oramas (Bobby Cannavale), Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage)
- When his friend, Henry, suddenly dies, Finbar finds out Henry left him a piece of property in rural New Jersey. In this scene: Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage), Louis Tiboni (Richard Kind)