A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
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In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. Written by
The "Real Doll" was featured on The Graham Norton Effect (2004). The doll was given to the show and was stated as costing $6,000. She arrived in the same kind of crate that is shown in the movie. To test how real the doll looked, they sat her in a bar with drink in hand, sunglasses, and a speaker placed on her so they could talk to whomever came up to talk to the doll. One man was told to go into the bathroom, take off his pants, and wait for her, and he did just so. See more »
At the party, when the host puts on a vinyl record, she drops the needle on the first track on the side. But the song that comes out of the speakers is "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), which is the last song on the Talking Heads album, "Speaking in Tongues." As the last track, it would appear closest to the center of the album, rather than at the outside edge where the needle is placed. In fact, it has never appeared as the lead-off track on any vinyl album. See more »
So, tell me about Karin. I don't know her very well.
Oh, she's wonderful. Gus and I are very lucky with women - she's wonderful. But she...
That's okay, let's find you something to read
No, it's just... between us?
I'm worried about her. I think she has a little problem.
Oh, well, maybe you shouldn't tell me.
No, that's okay. It's just, and I think it's because she's insecure, it's just, she's just always trying to hug everybody. You know, some people don't like that. Some people ...
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"Lars and the Real Girl" may come off as an unrealistic, over-the-top,
completely unfathomable fairytale for the mentally ill while the line
between realism and fantasy is tightly walked. Some of the actions of
the characters are questionable- mostly with the way the townspeople
treat Lars and his delusions. Lars is incredibly shy. He sits alone in
the dark. He'll make up any excuse he can muster to avoid even a simple
breakfast at his brother's house (He lives in the garage; separated
from the house of course, and completely isolated / detached from human
contact). Lars struggles to connect with people, which is due to years
of neglect from his father, and the death of his mother during child
birth. His brother left the first chance he got, so Lars has never felt
love, nor has he been given the chance to share his love for others.
One day Lars' co-worker is surfing internet porn and comes across a
real sex doll. He shows this to Lars, who doesn't give it too much
attention, but we see the wheels turning. Later we see a box dropped
off at his garage, and then it all starts. This will be Lars' way of
giving all this love that he has to give to someone that won't do
anything but accept it. Someone who isn't concerned with the
superficial, and someone who he can connect with. She's someone who
won't crowd him or make him feel uncomfortable. She will support him.
The film slowly and gradually morphs into a story of love and
acceptance. There's more to the story than just a simple sex doll toted
around town by a lonely guy looking for attention. The film has a
heart, and that heartbeat is pulsated through the screen by the
incredible performance from one of the most talented young actors in
the business, Ryan Gosling. I honestly don't know if another actor
could have pulled this off. He hardly ever has eye contact with any
single person in the film. He's given a flower and told to give it to
someone nice, but when Margo comes strolling along, he flings the
flower into the bushes. Then he runs away. Margo likes him and he likes
her, but neither are any good at expressing their feelings. Lars is
searching for that special someone and like a lot of us, we can relate
when we meet the one that has it all. You just can't seem to find the
words, or you can find them and just can't say them.
The film raises the question about treatment of the mentally ill. Do we
really need medication that wipes out their feelings and emotions, or
do we just need the basics? Love, care, support, and acceptance for who
you are. They accept Bianca because of Lars and Lars finds love and
acceptance. He learns human interaction.
This is a rare film where we see a group of people do good - even
though their method may be questioned - in order to help someone
struggling with an illness. This isn't a film that's laugh out loud
funny, a few occasional ones here and there, but I found myself smiling
throughout. The final act had me choked up. It created a much stronger
reaction than I had anticipated. Gosling had me laughing and nearly
brought to tears all at the same time. Paul Schneider was also
exceptional. The film does a great job of questioning normality and the
treatment of the mentally ill. This is more like a fable and some might
question the reality of it (and knock it for being unrealistic), but if
they do, then they're missing the entire point. "Lars and the Real
Girl" is a near modern masterpiece that has a message. The ending is
predictable, but without the ending the film isn't complete and the
message is vastly different.
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