Lars and the Real Girl
The premise of this film is both amusing and intriguing: Ryan Gosling's character falls in love with a blow-up doll. Somehow, director Craig Gillespie and writer Nancy Oliver built a poignant and darkly comedic movie based on this very eccentric storyline. In a year of lackluster films, this is one of the most original and beautifully made movies of 2007.
Lars (Gosling) is a socially awkward but gentle man, who lives a monotonous life until his coworker shows him a website where he can order a life-size blow-up doll. When “Bianca” arrives, Lars begins to develop his first remotely normal relationship. Inevitably, his brother and sister-in-law (Emily Mortimer) become concerned and take Lars to the doctor (Patricia Clarkson), who tells them that Lars is under a delusion that Bianca is real and that everyone should play along.
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