A different type of Romantic Comedy
I saw a trailer today for a very different romance MOVIE. ‘LARS AND THE REAL GIRL’
Yes, I do love films as well as books. This is genetic and I am not ashamed. It also gives me a snapshot of some elements of the Zeitgeist as seen by movie companies. Ever tried combing the taglines of a couple of romantic comedies today? You can get some interesting story lines.
Anyway. Back to the film.
Written by Six Feet Under scribe Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl is a heartfelt comedy starring Academy-Award nominated Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom.
Lars is a loveable introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life.
After years of what is almost solitude, he invites Bianca, a friend he met on the internet to visit him. He introduces Bianca to his Brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karen (Emily Mortimer) and they are stunned.
They don’t know what to say to Lars or Bianca — because she is a life-size doll, not a real person and he is treating her as though she is alive.
They consult the family doctor Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson) who explains this is a delusion he’s created — for what reason she doesn’t yet know but they should all go along with it. What follows is an emotional journey for Lars and the people around him.
How about that for a premise! I loved it. And the film is launched this week in the US – not sure when it is coming to the UK but I know I will make the effort to go and see it. Heart felt romance based on emotional depth with deeply wounded hero.
Take a look at the trailer – what do you think?