Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Beginning of the good movies season
Last night i finally went to see a movie i have been eagerly awaiting for the past few months. As an avid fan of the incredible brilliance and tenderness that is Nancy Oliver, the writer behind Six Feet Under i knew that Lars and The Real Girl would be something quite special. The story centers around an emotionally troubled Lars Lindstrom, painfully portrayed by the equally talented Ryan Gosling. Human interaction seems to be a daily burden for Lars who leads a life of solitude and monotony with the exception of the company from his pregnant sister in law, Karen (Emily Mortimer) and his brother Gus (Paul Schneider). The on screen contribution of Emily as a protective and worried family member helped push my compassion for Lars to a higher level. Patricia Clarkson also puts in a stellar performance as the family doctor who helps Lars open up and experience the world and the people in his life who surround him with their love and support, accepting Bianca as one of their own. You forget that the presence of a live doll should be funny and awkward and concentrate on Lars' plight towards normalcy and ownership of his feelings. For anyone who has yet to see Gosling on screen he delivers on performance just as strong and poignant as last years' Half Nelson, which I also highly recommend. The movie is tenderly haunting in a way that has Nancy Oliver written all over it.
Talking Heads-This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).mp3 *And what movie could go wrong with my favorite Talking Heads song?!