A patient recently told me during a therapy session about a movie she recommended I see. As always, when a movie is discussed as meaningful to the psychotherapeutic process, I was intrigued to see what it is about and how it might further elucidate significant inner issues.

The movie was “Lars and the Real Girl,” a 2007 film written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nancy Oliver, who was actually nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this film. In 2008, she won the Humanitas Prize for “Lars.” The film was directed by Craig Gillespie and starred Ryan Gosling as Lars; he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, along with several other nominations. The cast included such other greats as Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, and Patricia Clarkson.

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