Station Agent, The
I raise my glass to Adam for this one. Recommended by him many months ago but neglected for too long. Once I moved away, in the words of Red of Shawshank Prison, "I missed my friend." Dragging my feet and avoiding JFK(his number one recommendation) added this movie to the queue. So Adam...this Bud is for you.

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly-friendly Cuban hot dog vendor.

The best way to describe this movie is awkward. Every scene has the feeling of discomfort and being alone. The whole movie is one awkward silence between conversations.

The acting good, the story simple, Station Agent is the perfect example of a slice of life held up to the light for the few who care to relate. It's a classic tale of characters being hurt and alone in the beginning and fighting with every ounce of inner pain and stubborn suffering not to change. The beautiful thing about Agent is that it's not some huge revolutionary change in their lives, it's subtle and silent. A smile where there was a frown, a holding hand where one was limp, and a sigh of relief instead of a stressful exhale.
 
The credits role in mid conversation taking you by surprise. At first you resort to frustration and dissatisfactions. But as you lay in your bad staring at the ceiling you realize there is no other way the movie should have ended. So awkwardly you close your eyes thank God for your height and try to go to sleep.
Reviewed by: shea