The Station Agent (2003)

The Station Agent
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Writer: Thomas McCarthy
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Williams, Richard Kind, John Slattery, Joe Lo Truglio, Lynn Cohen

Fin (Peter Dinklage) lives a very quiet life working in a model train shop. Until the shop owner and Fin’s only friend Henry (Paul Benjamin) dies and leaves Fin an abandoned train station in the middle of nowhere where Fin decides to move to. There Fin is found by Joe (Bobby Cannavale) who runs a foodtruck for his sick dad and then Fin is almost run over – twice – by Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), a painter going through a rough time. All three are obviously lonely and struggle with human contact in very different ways. But somehow that seems just the perfect recipe.

The Station Agent was a really sweet, entertaining and pretty much wonderful film. There is nothing not to like about it.


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The Visitor (2007)

The Visitor is a movie by Thomas McCarthy, starring Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira and Hiam Abbass.

Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is an economics professor who has been leading a quite and very empty existence ever since his wife died. When he returns to his flat in New York after years of absence, he discovers two squatters there – who don’t know that they are actually squatting. A slow friendship develops between the three of them. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) are both illegally in the US and when Tarek gets arrested and is threatened with deportation, Walter tries his best to keep him in the country.

The Visitors attempts to be a very big and important and deep film – and fails. What remains is boring and riddled with ridiculous symbolism.

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