Now that the television show Friends is no longer giving us our faux friend fix, where can we go to vicariously experience friendship on a television instead of risking community ourselves?
On Sunday night, Kristi and I had the opportunity to see natural community development of 3 fractured souls developing true friendship onscreen in the independent film Station Agent. Starring Peter Dinklage (who stole the inferior movie Elf) as a dwarf desiring to live as a hermit in the wilds of rural New Jersey (in an old train station), as well as Patricia Clarkson (we have seen 3 movies in the past 2 weeks with her in them- Miracle and Pieces of April- great actress) it is the story of people who work hard at friendship.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes leisurely paced movies about real people that happen to be very funny. The movie will make you wonder about the way you treat outsiders, especially those who are noticably different. It made be consider the difficult plight of dwarves in a society that can be increasingly cruel to those who do not fit the mold of physical perfection.
Kristi and I enjoyed this film more than many we have seen in the past few month. Of course, Spiderman II comes out tomorrow.