Approach this at surface level and you may be disappointed, but beneath the layers of twee lies a smart and sensitive film that has much to say about mental health. Ryan Gosling gives a severely underrated performance as Lars, which ranks among some of the finest acting of his career.
Un homme tombe amoureux d'une poupée sexuelle (sex doll) et décide de la présenter aux gens de son village. Derrière ce scénario rocambolesque se cache un excellent film sur la peur d'entrer en relation avec les autres. On termine ce film touchant en étant mieux conscientisé-e sur ce que les personnes intraverties à l'extrême peuvent ressentir, pouvant ensuite les accepter plus facilement comme elles sont.
Gillepsie proves his talent with his sophomore campaign, a talent that goes missing quite often. Gosling carries the film from start to finish as Lars - a man who turns to an inanimate doll for love and connection when he struggles to find it from his family and community. Mental illness is at the forefront of the film, and shows optimism for how our society should react, handle, and embrace the issue.
In overaged societies, i.e. in Japan, robot dogs & robot home-help-devices are not unusual. Human-substitutes or sex-dolls or the like, fall into the same category. If it helps, why not... Here, with Lars, things are different. He is clearly insane, but not insane enough to go to office or to be hospitalized. Instead, people rely on his recovery. Unplausible, unconvincing. Bad acting including Mr. Gosling. Boring.
This movie is underrated. It's smart, genuinely moving, and complex. Some of the acting/directing could have been better at times admittedly, but it gets an overall passing grade from me. If nothing else, Ryan Gosling's performance is reason enough to recommend. If you didn't think he was a great actor before, look at this indie gem. You will change your mind.