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Let the Right One In (2008)

Låt den rätte komma in (original title)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 72 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henrik Dahl ...
Karin Bergquist ...
Peter Carlberg ...
Mikael Rahm ...
Karl-Robert Lindgren ...
Anders T. Peedu ...
Pale Olofsson ...
Cayetano Ruiz ...
Patrik Rydmark ...
Johan Sömnes ...
Mikael Erhardsson ...


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. Written by John Nordling, Producer

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vampire | girl | boy | blood | bullying | See All (294) »


Eli is 12 years old. She's been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.


Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let the Right One In  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$49,295 (USA) (24 October 2008)


$2,121,701 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Oskar goes to visit his father, his cheek appears untainted, despite the scar and bandage from before. Later, the bandage is back on and even later, the scar appears. See more »


[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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User Reviews

... in many parts a beautiful and original piece of cinema.
4 February 2008 | by (Gothenburg. Sweden) – See all my reviews

I read the book and loved it. Now, I had the chance to see the movie version at the Gothenburg International Filmfestival 2008, as the movie won the "Nordiska filmpriset". I saw it at a really big screen (700 seats), happy that it delivered fine acting and quality cinema.

Having said that, I'd also agree with what's been said (e.g. above) that the music is a bit over the top. The movie itself is a study in the small: tiny nuances in the classroom and schoolyard, the almost forgotten suburb, the hiding qualities of snow, ice and winter (not to mention the, at least partly, neglected kids). To score such small details with grand strings makes for a bit of a mismatch. Enough on that, some parts have only piano and those work perfectly.

Witout spoiling anything it's safe to say that this first and foremost is a story of friendship. Second, it's a story of revenge. Either way, this is a truly original tale and in many parts a beautiful piece of cinema. Original (and sometimes quite gory) still even the violence seems subdued (at least in comparison to the vampire genre as it has evolved from subtle romance flick to full blown war movie). This movie, however, is about loneliness, friendship and loyalty --- and it's really worth watching. Recommended.

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