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Film: The Station Agent
The Station Agent is a 2003 comedy-drama starring Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, and Bobby Cannavale. Dinklage plays Finbar Mc Bride, a quiet man who moves into an abandoned train depot which he inherits when his friend and coworker dies. The withdrawn Fin soon finds himself reluctantly enmeshed in the lives of his new neighbors.

The film won scriptwriter Thomas McCarthy the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.


Contains the following tropes:

  • Abandoned Area: an abandoned train station.
  • Discriminate and Switch: Fin has dwarfism, and is also passionate about trains, which leads to this exchange.
    Joe: Do they have clubs for you people?
    (Beat. Finbar and Olivia exchange glances.)
    Finbar: What?
    Joe (oblivious): You know, for train watchers.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: A rare heterosexual version. Joe is really interested in being Fin's friend, despite Fin being absolutely disinterested.
  • Little People Are Surreal: Subverted. Fin is really just a normal, fairly boring person who gets frustrated when people treat him as if he's unusual because of his dwarfism.
  • Rail Enthusiast: Fin
  • Sexy Spectacles: Invoked when Fin has a quasi-romance with a librarian and his friends suggest he should buy her some glasses.
  • Unexpected Inheritance

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