movie: Lars and the Real Girl

Last night we watched Lars and the Real Girl.  It was unusual for a US movie, which are great for the blockbuster and escapism, but rarely manage to deal with sensitive issues without feeling they have to be told  in epic scale.  Lars is set in a small town and shows a community and family dealing with psychological problems.  Quirky without being screwball, and full of touching moments, whilst not drawing back from the humour of the situation.

As well as the screenplay, the cinematography reminded me of British films, with that sense of really being there rather than in an over-polished Hollywood screen-set.