Lars and the Real Girl

one of my favourite movies of all time is Lars and the Real Girl. It’s actually kind of weird, because this is not one of the movies, I’m normally attracted to.. but there is something so sweet and innocent about it.

Lars Lindstrom(played by very talented Ryan Gosling, The Notebook) lives in the converted garage behind the house he and his brother Gus inherited from their father. His pregnant sister-in-law Karin’s persistent attempts to lure him into the house for a family meal are usually rebuffed, and on the rare occasions he accepts, their conversation is stilted and he seems eager to leave as soon as he can. The young man finds it difficult to interact with or relate to his family, co-workers, or fellow parishioners in the church he regularly attends. Margo, Lars’s co-worker, is clearly interested in him, but Lars runs silently from her at every chance he gets.

One day Lars happily announces to Gus and Karin he has a visitor he met via the Internet, a wheelchair-bound missionary of Brazilian and Danish descent named Bianca. The two are startled to discover Bianca is, in fact, a lifelike doll Lars ordered from an adult website. Concerned about his mental health, they convince Lars to take Bianca to Dagmar, the family doctor who is also a psychologist. Dagmar diagnoses Bianca with low blood pressure and advises Lars he needs to bring her in for weekly treatments, during which she will attempt to analyze him and get to the root of his behavior. She explains to Gus and Karin that this is a delusion of his own creation and for his own reason and purpose, and she urges them to assist with Lars’s therapy by treating Bianca as if she were a real woman.

watch the movie trailer below…. xo

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~ by Fluorescent in the Night on October 18, 2010.

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