Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

Tomas Alfredson (2008)

109min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Set in the snowy urban wastes of Stockholm in the early 1980s, this Swedish vampire movie proves unexpectedly moving. It's a curious love story between bullied 12-year-old Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson), a doe-eyed little girl who hides a dark secret. Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestselling novel, Let the Right One In develops into a muted meditation on violence and vengeance as bloodsucker Eli convinces Oskar to strike back at his tormentors. Director Tomas Alfredson coaxes fragile performances from his two young leads (Leandersson, frequently framed like the subject of a Renaissance portrait, is astonishing). It's undeniably frightening - much grisly bloodletting ensues as Eli's middle-aged helper Hakan (Per Ragnar) drains local youths of their haemoglobin - yet Alfredson's light touch adds soulful delicacy and a certain ambiguity to the proceedings, making this a horror movie more likely to prompt tears than screams.

Summary

A lonely 12-year-old boy who dreams of taking revenge on the local bullies befriends a mysterious girl living in his neighbourhood, unaware she is a vampire who is responsible for a series of murders. When her human helper dies, the boy is pulled into taking his place and killing to provide her with blood. Horror, starring Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. In Swedish and Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Oskar Kare Hedebrant
Eli Lina Leandersson
Hakan Per Ragnar
Erik Henrik Dahl
Yvonne Karin Bergquist
Lacke Peter Carlberg
Virginia Ika Nord
Jocke Mikael Rahm
Gosta Karl-Robert Lindgren
Morgan Anders T Peedu
Director Tomas Alfredson
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Other Information

Language: Swedish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Apr 2009
Drama