This tender, offbeat comedy drama centers on 27-year-old Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling), who is not socialized and lives in a small, northern Midwest town. Raised by a taciturn father after his mother died in childbirth, Lars prefers to avoid human contact and can’t stand being touched. He lives in a garage apartment behind his childhood home, now occupied by his older brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and pregnant sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer). Karin’s pregnancy awakens a deep-seated fear of abandonment in Lars, which he expresses in the unexpected appearance of a girlfriend, Bianca, whom he wants his brother and sister-in-law to host. She’s a wheelchair-bound Brazilian-Danish missionary on sabbatical to experience the world. She’s also a custom-made, life-size plastic doll Lars ordered from the internet. “The most poignant, well-acted and weirdly funny movie you’ll see this year.” — John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press. “Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite.” — Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald.