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Lars and the real girl

so last nite tbV and i finally watched the movie ‘Lars and the real girl’ which had come highly recommended by our Philly friend Janell Anema and it was indeed well worth the watch.

Ryan Gosling [who i have been completely against since he starred in ‘The Notebook’ which is a movie which irritated me beyond belief for reasons that most people don’t really care much about] is phenomenal as Lars, who is a likeable yet completely socially strange office cubicle worker who develops a sweet and completely innocent romantic relationship with an anatomically correct sex doll [basically], a ‘Realdoll’ who he calls ‘Bianca’ and introduces to his brother and his pregnant sister-in-law and then later to the rest of the town as his girlfriend.

Lars is completely serious though and probably the most powerful and defining scene in the movie is the one where his brother and sister in law get all excited because Lars is bringing across ‘his girlfriend’ [having been a complete recluse living in their garage converted into a room] and then it cuts to their stunned speechless faces as they sit opposite Lars and this dressed up sex doll ‘Bianca’ that they have just been introduced to. Cue long drawn out pause ending in a ‘can i speak to you in the kitchen?’ moment between the couple.

amazing story, brilliant performances by all the key and support players and it scores bonus points for casting Mark Brendanawicz [from my favourite current sitcom, Parks and Recreation, actor Paul Schneider] as the brother of Lars.

but where the movie comes to life is when they take Lars to this doctor/psychologist under the pretence that they are taking Bianca to get checked up and she suggests to them that they have to go along with the delusion which Lars has created if they want to get to the bottom of it.

Lars brother and sister-in-law approach the leaders in the church and after initial reluctance they agree to go along with it and soon everyone in this small town are treating Bianca as if she is real.

this for me was when it stopped being a movie about Lars and this girl and became a movie about Lars and the church – at one key moment of the movie Lars is all upset and shouts at his sister in law that no-one cares for him. she counters with the fact that everyone in the village has included and welcomed and supported and loved Bianca because of him, because they love Lars and it is their way of showing it.

you REALLY have to see the movie if you want to really ‘get’ this because it most likely starts sounding pretty creepy somewhere between ‘sex doll’ and… well just at sex doll probably, but in actual fact Bianca is anything but. as they start to treat her as if she is real and continue to love and treat Lars as if nothing is wrong with him, slowly the townspeople start to realise a whole lot of stuff about themselves.

the church being the church. instead of getting caught up with ‘the need to fix Lars’, they choose instead [some of them against their better judgement altho they change through the story] to focus on the primary goal of the church, that of Loving Lars, and the results are powerful.

yeah just go and watch this movie! Ryan Gosling, all is forgiven. how he wasn’t considered for a Oscar for this performance i do not know [altho he was apparently nominated for a Golden Globe]

and church, let’s learn from this. Love first. Let God largely take care of the rest… but never at the expense of Love.


so tonite me and the beautiful val went to watch inception at the eikestad mall (no spoilers here, don’t worry) and there was a queue for buying tickets from the counter and the ticket machine and then a huge queue in front of the cinema as it is a junction which means no specific reserved seats

so we were making our way down the side of the cinema in the middle of a bit of a crowd with most of the decent seats already taken and we were waiting for the people in front of us to choose their row and move down it when these people behind us (particularly this one girl) got all rude and vibey and wanting to get past or something – so val just turned round and politely said something about waiting for the people to find their seats and this girl went off at her, including the line “move or i’ll make you!” – as i tried to work my body between the beautiful val’s and this incredibly rude but-probly-able-to-take-both-of-us-in-a-street-fight-attituded girl val turns to her date and says “are you with her?” and he nervously responds “yes” and she chirped him “well make her stop”

so proud.

they ended up sitting on the edge of the row behind us while we sat three rows from the front right in the middle in a cinema where three rows from the front right in the middle was actually quite a great place to be – score us

what an incredible movie conceptually – definitely thort there were moments of acting and special effects that could have been tighter (so not a challenge to the matrix there) but concept and handling of it were of the same kind of league – somebody very caffeine or red bull’d up to think of all that

and then chicken strips at cubana with mushrooms and barbeque sauce

amazing evening all round

but now, back to life…

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