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'Lars and the Real Girl' to screen Oct. 15-18

RELEASED: Oct. 1, 2009

image from Lars and the Real GirlEAU CLAIRE — "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007) will screen Oct. 15-18 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the Capraesque comedy in Davies Theatre at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Set in a close-knit Midwestern town, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom, a painfully introverted young man who is just able to function in the world. While his brother, Gus (Paul Schneider), and pregnant sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer), live in the family home, Lars has chosen to live in the garage. After years of virtual solitude he invites Bianca, a friend he has met on the Internet, to visit him. When Lars proudly introduces Bianca, the couple doesn't know what to say to the life-size silicone doll that Lars treats, with respect and courtesy, as an actual person.

Gus and Karin consult the local physician, Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson), who tells them, "Bianca's in town for a reason." She advises them to go along with Lars' delusion because, for some unknown reason, it is essential to his survival. In the days and weeks that follow, the entire community comes to embrace Bianca — and everyone is changed for the better.

"It was a question I had asked myself," screenwriter Nancy Oliver ("Six Feet Under") said. "If there are so many desperate people walking around with mental illness, what would happen if we treated their delusions with compassion and acceptance and tolerance?"

Oliver's screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award and received the Humanitas Prize. Ryan Gosling received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

"The one thing about the film that I liked so much is that it really has a lot of affection for its characters and for people in general," Gosling said. "It really believes that people want to do the right thing."

"How this all finally works out is deeply satisfying," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "Only after the movie is over do you realize what a balancing act it was, what risks it took, what rewards it contains. A character says at one point that she has grown to like Bianca. So, heaven help us, have we."

Kelli Garner, Nancy Beatty and R.D. Reid co-star in the 106-minute film, which is rated PG-13.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. IFS memberships are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby.

More information about the campus film series is available online and in the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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