The Station Agent

Poster for The Station Agent

Winter 2004 Edge series

Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 7:00pm

Empire Theatres, New Minas, NS

Directed by


Rated 14A · 1h 30m

The Station Agent captured audience’s hearts as an Official Selection of the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and one of the hits at the Sundance Film Festival. Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage, Human Nature) is a reclusive dwarf whose passion for trains has become his livelihood in a small town where he works in a model shop. When his protective boss (Paul Benjamin, Last Rites) dies, the store closes and Finbar discovers that he has inherited an abandoned railway station house in rural New Jersey. Friendless and alone, Finbar decides to set up house and lead a hermitic life at the station. He finds himself, however, reluctantly drawn into the company of Joe (Bobby Cannavale, The Guru), a gregarious young coffee-wagon vendor recently returned to his hometown and Olivia (Patricia Clarkson, The Safety Of Objects), a middle-aged painter who has taken refuge from her past in a solitary cottage. The unlikely threesome find a surprising bond in each other’s loneliness and determination to live as outsiders in the small community. However, new friendships have a way of being tested by unfamiliar twists and turns. Will the mismatched trio be equipped to triumph over the inescapable truth that drove them to the small village in the first place? The Station Agent is an extremely amiable feature with a big heart that compels and charms with great compassionate humour.

“A delicate, thoughtful and often hilarious take on loneliness.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

“As touching and original a movie as you’re likely to see this year.” – Ruthe Stein, The San Francisco Chronicle

The Station Agent’s gentle wit and hard-won insights feel like the product of someone who has observed the world around him with an empathetic eye.” – Peter Howell, The Toronto Star

“The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, go.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post