The Station Agent
It is extremely rare to find contemporary films that successfully portray stories of mixed-gender friendships. So often, filmmakers fall into the romance trap set up by audience expectations. However, a story of friendship, without sex, can be so much more fulfilling. In 2003’s The Station Agent, three very different people; Joe, Fin and Olivia, are brought together in the random way that life often brings people together. Over time and with the tenacity of Bobby Cannavale’s loveable Joe, the fragile groundwork of their relationship becomes strong and lasting. Peter Dinklage’s performance as Fin is the standout (also one of the best of 2003), in a flawless central cast, including Patricia Clarkson as Olivia, a grieving mother. This is a must-see film. It is moving, sweet and funny, and never loses its deeper sense of truth.