Every once in a while I see a film that just blows my expectations away completely. Lars and the Real Girl is daringly original, a whimsical story about finding love and understanding in unusual places. Ryan Gosling shines as Lars, a gentle introvert struggling with loneliness. His family, friends, and coworkers try to help him socialize, but he always wants to be alone. They are delighted when Lars informs them that his internet girlfriend 'Bianca' is coming to visit, but are then dismayed when the girlfriend turns out to be an ultra-realistic love doll. Gosling and the ensemble cast are just perfect in setting the tone. It is akin to a feel-good comedy with tremendous character development.

Check out our exclusive video interview with Ryan Gosling below.

Lars and the Real Girl is in limited theaters October 12th.

Julian Roman