After years of what is almost solitude, Lars invites Bianca, a friend he met on the Internet, to visit him. It could inspire conversations between children and their parents about masturbation, loneliness, acceptance of unusual people, empathy. While Gus is worried about what people will think, Mrs. On the advice of a doctor Patricia Clarkson , his family and the rest of the community go along with his delusion. Gosling's performance, while often uncomfortable to watch, is spot-on perfect. What a beautiful feeling to watch people not only accepting him as he was without expectation of change , yet also enriching his reality in developing Bianca as a three dimensional person. From looking at stills of the movie, one could be led to expect something arch and knowing, but the film is anything but that.
Brief cleavage shot, plus shot of Bianca the doll's bare bottom. It's an emotionally invested movie about loneliness and the lingering scars of early trauma. And you surround him with actors who express the instinctive kindness we show to those we love. It is about who Lars is, and how he relates to this substitute for human friendship, and that is all it's about. They consult the family doctor, who explains that this is a delusion he's created--for what reason, she doesn't yet know, but they should all go along with it. An outstanding one man performance from Ryan Gosling. The family seeks to get Lars help from the local psychiatrist.
Aware of the situation, everyone reacts to the doll as if she were real, and Bianca soon finds herself involved in volunteer programs, getting a makeover from the local beautician, and working part-time as a model in a clothing store. A character says at one point that she has grown to like Bianca. He has an explanation for everything, including why she doesn't talk or eat. The two are startled to discover Bianca is in fact a lifelike doll Lars ordered from an adult website. Lars and The Real Girl is a sweet movie that shows the power of true community integration. In other words, he becomes disillusioned with her, and his need for her as a transitional object begins to wane. He cleverly worms his way out when asked point-blank.
Lars, who works in a generic cubicle at a generic office, can pass for merely socially awkward. The pacing is wonderful and every actor was so genuine that I forgot they were acting. Advertisement One day a co-worker at the office, surfing Internet porn, shows Lars a life-size vinyl love doll that can be order customized to specifications. I'll just add this: if you're tempted to avoid this movie because of its R-rating, don't. She was the ultimate safe woman for his journey of healing until he no longer needed her and the loving acceptance that Lars and his 'girlfriend' were shown paved the way. So if those things bother you, don't worry.
Some people probably like the idea of going to a movie about a guy and his sex mannequin, but for those who don't, a qualification is in order. He pretends that she eats, but actually eats her food for her. Likewise, saying this gives away no plot point. There's no nudity or sex either. Lars has schizoid personality disorder.
Because - all these people - love you! It was not only her individual work with Lars, but also her counsel that Lars needed to have his illusion indulged, at least by his family, that created the necessary conditions for his recovery. Bianca ends up being Lars' way of starting to relate to the world. Maybe a little slow in places but altogether necessary to tell the story. Offbeat and endearing, this romantic comedy takes a fresh look at dating and relationships and dares to ask the question: What's so wrong with being happy? Gosling's work here is a study in control of tone. Summary: Lars and the Real Girl is the touching, amusing, and humorous story about a man whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. Lars is a quiet, kind guy, although admittedly, he is very eccentric.
Ryan Lars and the Real Girl is a truly interesting and compelling film that offers an entirely painful and authentic look at mental illness. I was deeply moved by the townspeople who express such deep love for Lars that they go along with the delusion because they want to help him. And in spite of some serious reservations, the whole town soon joins in the pretense that Bianca is a woman. After Bianca is buried, Lars and Margo linger at the gravesite and, having come to terms with past traumas, ready to accept adult responsibilities, and filled with newfound self-confidence, he asks her if she would like to take a walk with him, an invitation she happily accepts. The local community embraces Bianca and she is invited to make her own contribution, welcome to church and on the school committee and even a more suitable makeover. He's alone, at least, until the night when, several weeks after learning about a website from a co-worker, Lars surprisingly knocks on Gus and Karin's door and announces that he has a female friend visiting that he met on the internet. How this all finally works out is deeply satisfying.
In what could easily be a cheap, stereotypical hermit character, Gosling gives Lars a depth and sincerity that warms the heart. There's a sweetness and softness about him, which makes it clear why everyone really likes him, even though he puts out less energy than a dead battery. Lars when through the exact process of working through his inner pain with the miracle of Bianca. Yes, she's anatomically correct, but this is too sweet of a movie to dwell on sex but we all appreciate Karin's understandable quick look. They go along with the delusion, and his therapist encourages them to continue to do so. The movie does, however, contain a few sexual references, one to pornographic websites, as well as brief foul language, so moviegoers should be cautioned.
Her prognosis isn't good, and Lars announces Bianca would like to be brought home. But Lars' new lady is a life-size plastic woman. And Gus sometimes blurts out the real-world truths we are also thinking. In a healthier experience of development, Lars might have used the blanket as a transitional object to facilitate his moving into the experience of relating to people as separate individuals. Just ask Lars Gosling , a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca.