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Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
Finally, a relief!
I must say, this is a huge relief from any Anne Rice, Twilight Sparkling vampire! As an American, I'll say I think this movie might be difficult for some other American's to swallow. As far as I know, I don't think there is a dubbed version, so you'll have to watch it with subtitles. And it does have a somewhat slow pace. By that, I mean it is not so action packed there are a million things going on in each scene.
In short, the only vampire in the film is a child. Or better, in the body of a child. A young child named "Elli." Elli movies into a neighborhood and makes friend with a lonely boy named Oscar. Slowly but surely, the two of them fall in love in the most innocent of ways because he is a child and she reverts to a child's mentality after meting him. Elli is capable of getting her own food, yet she has a "caretaker" (who could be considered a former lover) to get the blood for her until he sacrifices himself so she will not be caught. Throughout the film, Elli encourages Oscar to stand up for himself from the tragedies of being an outcast. They live happily ever after.
The story is brilliant and a relieve from many of the movies being made today. The movie slowly builds to such full and intense characters, especially with Oscar and Elli. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The scenes with characters on set are well placed, and the artwork showing the scenery is breathtaking, even though most of it is set in a very snowy Sweden.
I read the book only after I watched the film and I was very surprised how much the left out. So, I am not judging this movie as a book and screen translation. Both are brilliant in their own ways. I must warn anyone wanting to read the book there is an large amount of pedophilia, something they definitely left out in the movie. Some characters were taken out in the film, and the film doesn't explain Elli's orientation and how she became a vampire.
It's a bit lengthy, but if you have the time I recommend you sit down and watch the movie. I found it extremely captivating and not like anything I have seen in years.
I just hope Hollywood doesn't try to remake this film and ruin all it's credibility!