Station Agent, The
This sleeper hit comedy about the power of friendship was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2003.
It tells the story of Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage), a train-loving little person who is left a decommissioned New Jesery train depot in the will of a recently departed friend. Happy to take up isolated residence there and watch the trains go, he finds unwanted company in the form of boisterous snack bar proprietor Joe (Bobby Canavale - Third Watch).
Into their lives comes a painter named Olivia (played by the great Patricia Clarkson - Six Feet Under; The Green Mile) and the three of them form an unlikely friendship. Such a generic synopsis doesn't do justice to the unique charms of The Station Agent, suffice to say, you should watch it.
The Station Agent made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003 as was acquired by Mirimax Studios who released it to universal acclaim.
The Hollywood Reporter called it "Wonderfully understated&a masterful film and a bracing movie experience". The LA Times said it was "the kind of completely personal yet universal film that the (Sundance) festival and the entire independent movement came into being to celebrate". "A delicate, thoughtful and often hilarious take on loneliness," said The New York Times.
The film made a minor star out of Peter Dinklage (who was born with dwarfism), and he went on to appear in numerous films (most notably as a children's author in Elf) and is currently starring in a new American sci-fi show called Threshold.
The Station Agent was written and directed by actor Thomas McCarthy, who has appeared in Boston Public and is probably best known as the over-achieving husband of Ben Stiller's sister-in-law-to-be in the original Meet the Parents.