Lars and the Pink Room

Drama Essay
October 22, 2010
Lars and the Pink Room
The color pink is universally accepted has a symbol of love, compassion and purity. The use of the color pink throughout the movie, “Lars and the Real Girl”, draws our attention to the importance of that particular scene. The pink room emphasizes this importance with its overabundant use of pink, which seems to envelop Lars with its womb-like quality. The pink room reveals significant meaning as it functions as a connection from Lars to his mother and to Bianca. As a result, from these connections that happen in the pink room, lead Lars into finally opening his heart to love.
The pink room first belonged to Lars’s mother, who died while giving birth to him; died “in the middle of things”. The loss of a mother is traumatic, especially if the child feels responsible for the death as Lars does. The lack of a maternal bond and an emotional bond from his grief-stricken father, lead Lars into an isolated and disconnected life. He comprehends no other way and has created his own safety cocoon, allowing no human contact through touch, bonding or interaction, essentially sealing off his heart. In order for Lars to grow, he first must learn to nurture and cultivate an understanding of his own self which leads him to accept nurturing and affection from others. He finds a way to do this and break free from his cocoon through Bianca.
The pink room has now become Bianca’s room. Lars wants her to stay in this room to keep her purity. Lars’s bond to Bianca is purely emotional love and not physical. Lars tends to nurture Bianca in an almost maternal way. He reads to her in the pink room, he makes sure Karen bathes and dresses her; he cares for her well-being, the way a mother cares for a child. Also, having Bianca staying in the pink room causes Lars to come out of his shell more by bringing him into the main house to interact more with his brother, Gus and sister-in-law Karen. In doing this, it allows Lars to use...