Film Club is going to be one of the things I'm going to miss the most when leaving college, not only did it allow me to watch and experience films with a few like-minded people, but it also introduced me to some truly great and unforgettable titles - 'Lars and the Real Girl' is without a doubt one of those titles.
I think it's pretty obvious that I'm a fan of Ryan Gosling as well as the projects he chooses, and this project happens to be a quirky love tale with an unconventional premise which, unsurprisingly, suits Gosling wonderfully. This light-hearted yet thought-provoking story focuses on the character of Lars - an innocently adorable, insecure and "delusional young man" who falls in "love" with a doll, and as a result of this, affects the people around him on a psychological level. If this synopsis doesn't seem appealing to you, or instantly makes you label this film as "ridiculous", then simply don't watch it. However, if you're like me and you appreciate experimental films that succeed in and go beyond being entertaining... this film will be a pleasant treat for you.
Besides a great and certainly unique performance from Gosling along with respectable performances from the rest of the cast, the film unexpectedly brings a lot of profound emotion and social commentary. 'Lars and the Real Girl' is one of those films that will make you think if you engage yourself in its cleverly crafted subtext, and on top of that, all the charming characters and whimsical scenarios make this experience even more rewarding. On the whole, this is one of those precious stories that provides something unique in almost all aspects, and absolutely succeeds in getting to your heart in a way you'd never expect.