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The Station Agent
Review by Ross Anthony

Two friends, in independent conversations, told me that they found the written synopsis for this film rather bland. But since I'd heard from several viewers that the picture was good, I decided to view it despite my already over-burdened holiday schedule.

I liked it. Warm, gentle & mostly quiet, but never boring, nor dull, the film strolls the right of way across wooden railroad ties. When you watch the film, you'll be taking a walk through the backwoods alongside the film's soft spoken, simple, yet likable star. You'll make the most unlikely friends along the way -- whether you want to or not. Aren't those always the friendships that last anyway?

Occasionally the filmmaker's dip into a little more drama than any given three quirky friends might. And once or twice major characters depart from their otherwise consistent personas. Lastly, one particular scene could have been cut an inch sooner. But these are petty grievances. The film is a warm pleasure to view. A smidgen too good for A-.

Btw, appropriately, I screened the film with two of my good friends -- one (my webmaster) said that the picture dragged after the halfway mark and that he didn't appreciate what he termed "movie reality."

  • The Station Agent. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin, Ravin Goodwin.
  • Directed by Tom McCarthy.
  • Screenplay by Tom McCarthy.
  • Produced Mary Jane Skalski, Robert May, Kathryn Tucker by at SenArt Films/Next Wednesday.

Grade..........................A (3/4)

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