THE STATION AGENT (Thomas McCarthy) Rating: NNNN
Small person Fin (Peter Dinklage) is fascinated by trains. They mirror his own approach to life - getting from point A to point B on an orderly route that's reliably the same each day. This film about the unscheduled stops and destinations life can impose thrusts solitary Fin into the lives of endearingly annoying Joe (Bobby Cannavale) and Olivia - played by Patricia Clarkson, who's terrific - a recently separated artist.
The Station Agent sounds like a politically incorrect joke (a midget, a loud-mouthed Cuban guy and a redhead) but is instead a profound portrait of friendship and inexplicable connection. And Dinklage has a substantial role that makes his dwarfism neither novelty nor a Mini Me punchline. (May 13, Fox)