November 06, 2003
the station agent

fucking amazing. honestly. such a great idea and really intelligent writing with the pathos and the serious and the comic. sigh. so good. i am completely in love.

all right, now that i've said how much i loved it i want to confess how hard i find it to write about this movie without going straight to hell. because, what is this movie about? it's about a midget. only, not a midget, ok? a "dwarf". and he works on toy trains in the city (hoboken! jason! see this movie!) and then he moves to the country (although what part of new jersey is not the country? come on. new jersey. garden state. i did a report in 6th grade, i'll have you know.) and he lives in an abandoned train depot that he inherited. makes all sorts of friends. great friends. great. and that's pretty much it.

but see he's a dwarf so there's all this dwarf slander and ill will and staring. and who does that? jesus. i feel no need to stare at dwarfs. they're not that exciting. fascination aside, i've really never had a point to my obsession of involving them in every game of balderdash. it's not a real obsession. it's one of those fake ones. i'm just a big fat faker. heh. but now i've got to consider the point of sex with a dwarf because of course they bring it up. and it's fascinating.

fin and joe are sitting on top of the train in the yard talking, ok? and it goes a little something like this:

joe: can i ask you a personal question?
fin: ok.
joe: have you ever had sex?
fin: yeah.
joe: with a normal size chick?
fin: yeah, with a normal size chick.
joe: what about a chick your size?
fin: i don't want to talk about this.
joe: what? why?
fin: joe, i just don't want to talk about this.

this is both titillating and sad. on the one hand it brings up the whole question of, what is THAT like? and would it count for a couple's exotic sex pact? but then also the fact that fin either had sex with another dwarf and it was bad or has never had sex with a woman his size and was upset by that. i don't know. i don't know what it was but it was kind of terrible.

the movie on the whole though is just really, really sweet. the three main characters of fin--the taciturn dwarf, joe--the loud-mouthed heart of gold traveling food cart vendor (even if at times from a distance he resembled vin diesel to me, i still love him), and olivia--the distressed middle age woman were just all PERFECT. they build a friendship and become family. plus they're funny. this movie had some incredibly funny lines. made even more funny by deadpan delivery and the quiet lead-up. i'm trying to think now of some of said lines, but out of context they're really not as funny. package deal! see the package! i highly recommend this movie. it's good good good!


Posted by michele at November 06, 2003 10:58 PM

i would like an outlet for my love of this movie, a love which positively filled the empty (but for me and Mom) CineArts (p-hill dome) theatre and spilled out the door and all over the 99-cent store and smeared up the windows. thank you, michele, for providing that outlet. i love this film.

Posted by: kt on November 11, 2003 02:07 PM

i'm so glad someone else saw and liked it! and smeared their likings on windows!

Posted by: michele on November 11, 2003 11:49 PM