Let the right one in

Let the right one in

Låt den rätte komma in

Unknown - 2009 | Swedish
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"Tomas Alfredson packs his inventive directorial debut with deadpan humor, low-key thrills, and a touch of sentiment."--Library Journal
"...unfolds with quiet, masterly assurance."--Newsweek
"***1/2...boasts an engrossing blend of suspense, horror, puppy-love, and splashes of poetic gore, as it serves up imaginative twists on an old genre. Highly recommended."--Video Librarian
A young boy who is constantly being bullied at school makes friends with the new girl in the neighborhood. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, all signs point to the new girl and her father, who only come out at night.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2009.
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION LET
Characteristics: 1 DVD (115 min.)
Alternative Title: Låt den rätte komma in.


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Unless you speak Swedish you'll be watching this with sub-titles, but it is still worth it.

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Mar 23, 2016

This is one of my favourite vampire movies, for all its little subtleties and nuances. The quiet, dark, snow covered setting, the implied difficulties of being a child vampire, the young vampire's manipulation (or is it?) of an adolescent boy, her aging servant's concern (fear? jealousy?) over their budding relationship, the sparse use of words between main characters, the feeling of innocence, etc. The English dubbing is pretty atrocious (women's voices for all the boys, and the adults sound like gutteral oafs), but it's definitely worth a watch.

(addendum: I just watched the Hollywood 2011 remake of this film, called "Let Me In", and it's also pretty good. The storyline, settings, main characters, etc, are almost identical to the Swedish version, but it's faster paced, has some extra (and completely unnecessary) character development, and (unfortunately) leaves nothing open to interpretation (unlike the Swedish film).

The Hollywood film also gives a much harsher portrayal of the child vampire, so I recommend you watch the Swedish version first as the Hollywood remake will forever taint how you might have viewed the vampire in the much more ambiguous Swedish film.)

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