February 25, 2009

online movie discussion - Lars and the Real Girl

Last week's film discussion was an awesome experience! We had a group of almost 30 people who discussed Lars and the Real Girl and enjoyed each other's fellowship. I realized afterward that there was far more to be discussed than we could have covered in an evening, so I decided to open up the discussion here. What's even better is that now others can join in the discussion who were unable to attend!

Below I've posted some of the questions that we discussed, along with a few that we somehow passed over. Enjoy!

  1. What is your first reaction to the film?

  2. What tone is the film attempting to set? What cues helped set this tone? In what ways do you think that the filmmakers achieved the tone well? Poorly?

  3. What effect does the type of doll that Bianca is have upon the film? Could she have been a mannequin? A crash-test dummy?

  4. What role does the setting play in the film? Would it have been a different movie it had been set in another part of the US or during a different time of year?

  5. What was your initial reaction to Bianca? Discuss the reactions of others in the film. (Which character are you most like in regards to his/her reaction? Why?)

  6. What purpose does Bianca serve in Lars’ life? What sort of things do you use to replace real things?

  7. What is Lars attempting to cope for with Bianca? What are your coping mechanisms? How do you deal with change?

  8. Describe the role of Dagmar, both in Lars' life and in the town.

  9. Did you catch what passage from the Bible was read later in the film? Is Lars the only one in the film that needs to hear this message? What “childish things” do you still cling to? How have you been able to put them away? How have others helped you do this?

  10. Do you think that this is a realistic film? Is the film trying to be realistic? (parable) One review derisively calls it “silly and whimsical.” Do you agree with the sentiment, if not the tone, of this remark? Do you think the filmmakers intended this sort of reaction? What about the characterization of the small town and the members of the church? When is the unbelievable more true than the believable?

  11. Why does the town react the way that it does? What does the movie have to say about community? Is this real community in your opinion? What do you think is done well? What could be done better?

  12. I’m reminded of a refrain from Sir Paul McCartney: “All the lonely people, where do they all come from?” How does the film attempt to answer this question?
Also, here are a few helpful reviews that are available online:
So have at it! Post your thoughts in the comments section for this post. Please include your name with your posts. I don't expect things to get out of hand, but please treat this discussion as if you were in the same room with the others who are joining in. I will moderate the discussion as needed.

1 comment:

brent said...

I didnt notice until I watched the movie several times ...beside the "pink room" ....count how many times there is a pink object in shot ...you will be amazed ...the recurring pink theme is some subliminal touch that has purposely been added to this film ..if you watch with this in mind you will see ...