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Lars and the Real Girl
Publication Date:
7/30/2008
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study, Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0295

"He appears," the psychologist says, "to have a delusion." The movie Lars and the Real Girl appears to be many things: a slick movie about a silicone doll, a contrived premise aiming for easy laughs, a mental breakdown of a man who chooses to push around a life-size doll in a wheelchair. It would be easy to bend toward psychoanalysis in this film, especially because Patricia Clarkson is so winsome in her role as the town therapist Dagmar, but this is a movie grounded in the messy but healing reality of community and the church. While movie reviewers have expressed concern that this movie might minimize mental illness, this is a movie about grief and mourning. Lars and the Real Girl explores both grief and mourning and the impact on a person and a community when the rituals for mourning are delayed.

Lisa Nichols Hickman serves as Associate Pastor at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. She was formerly a pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey and has served congregations in Arizona and North Carolina.


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