Let the Right One In (2008)

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson

A bullied young boy called Oskar get a new neighbour and a friend in a 12 year old girl, or so he thinks as she turns out to be a vampire.

The film shows the starting blocks of a relationship between Oskar and his new neighbour Eli. He only ever meets her at night and as his only friend and the only person that has ever taken any interest in him he finally has something in his life that he looks forward too. His parents, who are separated, don’t seem to show much interest in him although his dad tries.

What really makes this film stand out is the fantastic cinematography. The camera shots are beautifully filmed and really show of the snowy scenery along with the accompanying light music. There are a lot of scenes where shots are filmed through things; through the trees, through doorways, up stairwells which adds to the great cinematography. The final scene in the swimming baths was truly wonderful and really made this film into what it is.

Don’t look at this film and think you know what it is about. Yes it is a foreign film with subtitles and yes the film is about a vampire but it is a heart-warming fantasy/drama film between two characters, who really need each other but for possible differing reasons. There is a bit of blood and gore but it doesn’t detract from what is a beautiful film. I recommend seeing this film.


Film Fact

Almost every scene in the movie contains the colour red or red/orange, a clear reference to the colour of blood, the only food Eli can consume.