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Lars and the Real Girl 2007

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Offbeat comedy starring Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom, a painfully shy man who begins a relationship with a life-sized doll named Bianca, treating it as a real live woman. When Lars introduces Bianca to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer), they initially think Lars has lost his mind. However, since Lars finally appears to be emerging from his shell, the family doctor (Patricia Clarkson) encourages Gus and Karin to play along with Lars's delusion. As he begins bringing Bianca with him everywhere he goes, the townspeople must attempt to find the right balance between supporting Lars's unorthodox relationship and trying to make him accept his feelings for his real-life co-worker, Margo (Kelli Garner).

Starring:
Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson, Ryan Gosling, Nancy Beatty, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
Director Craig Gillespie
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Studio MGM ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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The premise sounds a trifle creepy, but in practise it's beautiful. A man so shy he is virtually a recluse, so shy contact with others physically hurts him, orders a "real doll" and develops a relationship with it. The automatic assumption being he buys it in order to have sex with, but hat couldn't be further from his mind. Lars (Gosling) has the innocence of a child, and the kindness of one, along with the social acumen of one, and through Bianca (Doll) he learns to deal with people and to conquer his self-imposed loneliness; he uses the doll to exorcise all his social demons and fears. He was a man being suffocated by his own fear and pathology and his relationship with the doll isn't sexual or weird: it's catharsis.

He lives in a small town, where the minds should be just as small. But it's a social idyll, and it's a joy to watch. The entire town take Bianca under their wing. It's a process, naturally. Their initial reactions range from derision to horror, but the goodness of Lars is matched in the goodness of the town-folk. Their kindness and acceptance allows Lars the time he needs to heal himself mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We see him evolve from scared child unable to be with people to grown man who is ready for a real relationship.

Gosling's performance is beautifully understated. It has depth, nuance and genuine pathos. You'll grow to care for him very much, and when he suffers, you'll suffer with him. Another actor who deserves a nod is Patricia Clarkson as Doctor Dagmar. Her warmth and integrity make you want to lean on her shoulder and open your soul. Next to Bianca and Lars' brother and sister-in-law, Dagmar is the person who is most important in Lars' getting well. Her role is pivotal, and Clarkson's performance is wonderful.
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Many films attempt to deal with characters with mental health issues. Sadly, these are either horrors presenting mental health as an excuse to kill scantily clad teenagers or cheap, patronizing, made for t.v. movies designed to make you cry. And lets not forget the type of movies Robert Downey Jr talks about in Tropic Thunder.

This is NOT that kind of movie. The script, director and Ryan Gosling's performance all combine to create a film about a character dealing with mental health issues in a mature, non-patronizing, believable way. There is lots of comedy in this movie but it is never directly aimed at the protagonists delusional condition.
I can not recommend this film highly enough, every aspect of it is worthy of five stars. Amazing performances from Emily Mortimer and Paul Schneider but Gosling gives an epic performance full of emotion and subtlety in a very difficult role. It is directed very well, moving at just the right pace and the director realizing he doesn't need to show off.
Soundtrack, set design, costume, lighting, everything is perfect.

This is an essential film for everyone to see and I would especially recommend it to anyone with an interest in psychology or mental health.
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Firstly hi i am indeed a teenage boy(17) and not really a fan of anything with lots of romance, but this film is different. I have to say that the film touched my heart and i found it amazing to watch. This film has comedy, heart and quirkyness. I have to say this is a must see as it kept me captivated through the entire film and it's finally actually made me shed a tear or two. I will say though that not all teenage boys will like it but if they have good taste in movies then i highly recommend it for a present
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The story is about Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling), a quiet, shy and mentally disorientated guy, who begins to carry out a relationship with a mail-order doll called Bianca. OK sounds a little smutty, but Lars, being a church going, polite kind of a person really believes this mannequin woman to be real.

Now this becomes a shock to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer) who initially think that Lars is dating someone, and becoming more social, but to their surprise they discover themselves having dinner with a mannequin for who Lars speaks to and also, speaks for. There in itself wraps up a comedy sketch in itself, but after careful consultation with a psychiatrist, she diagnoses that Lars has created this delusional silicone dummy relationship to deal with a number of personal issues and if they really love him (which they do), they must play along with this.

So they do, and things start to get to the stage where they tell their friends, their church and before you know it the whole town is on it and starts treating Bianca as a real person in an effort to help Lars through this ordeal, even to the extent of giving her a job.

It all sounds kind of stupid, but there is a real sense of camaraderie, love and support which shines through as Lars has to come to terms with his world.

A heart-warming light comedy that doesn't lend itself to violence or SFX, and shows you that the simplest of films can be worth watching.
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I bought this for my girlfriend (its the truth!) after she was recommended it by her friend. Whilst I initially rejected this film as 'just another chick flick' I decided to give this a go and watch it with her!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! Whilst the concept is quirky to say the least and there is symbolism and psychological overtones aplomb, if you get to the bones of this film you will find a very interesting idea executed very well. Although the main topic is mental health, there is plenty of laughs to be had throughout and it avoids being dark and sinister altogether, whilst taking on a very serious issue (if rare in this exact instance) head on.
Lars is a severe recluse who suffers from a mental health delusion, stemming probably from the death of his mother, his upbringing with a heartbroken father and neglect from his older brother. His ill health is given the physical form of a female sex doll who he treats as if it were a real person as he is mentally incapable of physical human contact. Although initially repulsed and horrified at this idea, following contact with the family doctor, Lars's family and community decide to pitch in and play along with his charade to help him.
The film's main message I guess would be that mental health issues can be resolved if given a chance, and that a community can come together to help each other. Although this is an idyllic concept, and sadly perhaps, unrealistic, it gives a very strong message of hope and goodwill. Whilst this film was never going to be a box office smash, it is one of the most poignant films I've seen in a long time.
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