"Lars and the Real Girl" directed by Craig Gillespie [review]
Prescott, Nicholas Adrian
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Lars and the Real Girl may turn out to be both the most bizarre and the most touching independent film of the year. Think of a romantic fable whose central couple is comprised of, on one hand, a man in his late twenties, and on the other hand an anatomically correct, life-sized plastic doll, and you’ll probably have numerous thoughts about either raucous, politically-incorrect comedies or plainly bizarre out-ofleft- field weirdness. Lars and the Real Girl is neither; it is, I kid you not, one of the most strangely moving love stories in recent memory, and it is made to work in the way it does by beautifully structured writing, perceptive and subtle direction, and a trio of wonderful performances, particularly that of leading man Ryan Gosling.