The Station Agent Film Summary & Analysis

Thomas McCarthy
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Death

Although only one person actually dies during the movie, death plays a prominent role in The Station Agent. As long as Henry remained alive, Fin would have stayed safely ensconced within the refuge of the train shop. As it happens, Henry's unexpected death launches Fin's journey toward self-acceptance, serving as the impetus Fin needs to interact with others and with the world. As contradictory as it sounds, Henry's death forces Fin to live.

Sam's death crushes Olivia emotionally and destroys her marriage. As a result, Olivia plunges into an uncontrollable downward spiral. She begins drinking heavily and tossing aside everyone who cares about her. The one person she cannot bring herself to discard completely, though not for lack of trying, is Fin. He, too, has experienced the pain and loss that accompanies the death of a loved one.

Train Watchers

The Station Agent suggests that are two types...

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