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Samuels, L. (2009). Lars and the Real Girl directed by Craig Gillespie written by Nancy Oliver Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007, 106 min.. Fort Da, 15(2):119-128.

(2009). Fort Da, 15(2):119-128

Film Review

Lars and the Real Girl directed by Craig Gillespie written by Nancy Oliver Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007, 106 min.

Reviewed by
Laurel Samuels, Ph.D.

What A Doll!: The Evolution of a Transitional Object in Lars and the Real Girl

… [it] becomes the hallmark of madness when an adult puts too powerful a claim on the credulity of others, forcing them to acknowledge a sharing of illusion that is not their own.

— D.W. Winnicott, 1971, p. 3

I was more than a little skeptical when the members of my Winnicott seminar told me about a film in which a life-sized, anatomically correct sex doll became a transitional object. To my surprise, I found Lars and the Real Girl one of the most delightful films I had seen in a long time. The film critic Philip French (2008) captured the spirit of the film when he described it as “a moral fable exploring kindness, love, and acceptance of human diversity.”

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