Jan 18, 2011

Let the right one in, 2008

Let the right one in / Lat den ratta komma in, 2008
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Let the right one in in short: Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982.

Stage: Theatre Dvor/local cinema

Preps: Haven't seen it on Liffe, the movie festival. So I needed to see this afterwards.

Reality: A great movie, that inspires the soul to think a different path than it would when being a normal mind with a normal perspective. The movie was made before everyone freaked out because of the Twilight saga, connected with vampirism and vampire theme - making the crowd accept vampires and understand the way they were supposed to live and react.
A love story, combined with a story of abandonement (the girl that never ages and sees all the loved ones pass by), never having the chance to let someone near because she yearns for the blood, all of the sudden overcomes this and makes her mind switch off the desire for blood for this perticular young blonde. He on the other side, creates a good story about harrasment in school, unability to get help from his home regarding this and overcoming the adolescential problems with his schoolmates.
The vampire effect goes deeper - as you see the problem with the people being slaughtered simply to bring food to the young vampire, that the audience accepts as a small girl that needs help - in a sense, the killings seem justified.

A good perspective of a world we can only guess about - with good execution and excellent choice of stage. We know so little about the scandinavian countries, that from a south european perspective it seems believable. An excellent movie to see, it won't leave you dry.

My personal rate: 8,0 (a truly good piece on the topic, preceeds the american copy, that was made in 2010 by an amateur for miles).

Let the right one in on IMDB

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