Written by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under
) and long hailed as one of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood, this disingenuous fable panders to misconceptions about the power of love and acceptance to drive down the demons of mental illness.
Raised by his depressed dad after his mother died giving birth to him and abandoned by his older brother Gus (Paul Schneider), who fled the dysfunctional family home at the first opportunity, 27-year-old Lars (Ryan Gosling) is the town oddball. He has a job and goes to church, but he's shy to the point of paralysis and flinches at the slightest, most casual touch. When Gus moves back to their snowy Midwestern hom...