Today I curled up from the cold wind and watched this award winning drama-comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Nancy Oliver. It was a movie I had been wanting to watch for a while but never found the time to sift through movie sites to find it and I have to be in a certain mood to watch dramas and comedies, not to mention a mixture of both (I love watching movies, but most of the time I choose to watch horror / thrillers in my free time, I don’t really know why).
The film follows a soft spoken, socially awkward man named Lars who lives on his father’s property split with his brother (played by Paul Schneider, who was Mark Brendanawicz on Parks and Recreation), who lives with his pregnant wife. Lars is a sweet individual who forms unique connections with people, even though getting through to him is hard. One day he receives a RealDoll in the mail, which is a life size female doll, named Bianca who he has a gradual platonic, yet emotionally romantic relationship with her. The film follows his family’s and community’s reaction to her introduction and the role that she plays in Lars’s life.
I enjoyed it’s wintry, pastel cinematography and the way that different characters are written. Lars is a quirky yet thoughtful individual who is beginning to come to terms with his problems in his childhood and how he needs to cope with it now. We see his gradual change with an excellent portrayal by Ryan Gosling who received multiple nominations for big name awards. It’s a movie that deals with serious topics like mental illness but still has a lighthearted, realistic and relatable feel to them. It also shows how a small town in Wisconsin that learns to accept and adapt to people who grow and deal with hardships alternatively. Each person overcomes struggle differently, and deserves help and acceptance to reach happiness.