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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.

Director:

Tomas Alfredson

Writers:

John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kåre Hedebrant ... Oskar
Lina Leandersson ... Eli
Per Ragnar ... Håkan
Henrik Dahl Henrik Dahl ... Erik
Karin Bergquist ... Yvonne
Peter Carlberg Peter Carlberg ... Lacke
Ika Nord ... Virginia
Mikael Rahm Mikael Rahm ... Jocke
Karl-Robert Lindgren Karl-Robert Lindgren ... Gösta
Anders T. Peedu Anders T. Peedu ... Morgan
Pale Olofsson Pale Olofsson ... Larry
Cayetano Ruiz Cayetano Ruiz ... Magister Avila
Patrik Rydmark ... Conny
Johan Sömnes Johan Sömnes ... Andreas
Mikael Erhardsson Mikael Erhardsson ... Martin
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Spanish

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let the Right One In See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,295, 26 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,122,065, 30 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,282,007, 5 April 2009
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 8 mins) When Eli tells Oskar to go after she licks his blood off the floor, her appearance changes in one shot. This was intentional - Eli is actually portrayed by an older actress in that scene, and also briefly in the later scene where Eli counsels Oskar to be like her when dealing with his bullies. In both scenes she is covered in blood, and the older actress was swapped in to give us a glimpse of who Eli really is: much older than she appears, and driven by a monstrous hunger. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: Let the Right One In (2010) See more »

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Dags å välja sida
Written by Per Åke Persson
Performed by Peps Blodsband
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This film is the best vampire film in my life during 25 years in cinema world.
17 November 2008 | by ilovetoseethemovieSee all my reviews

I saw it in Bangkok International Film Festival 2008 and love this movie very much.

It has something big and stunning about this lovely storyline to rivet my attention from the beginning to the end. Moreover, the cinematography and atmosphere in this film are undeniably superb. The chemistry between two preteen protagonists is outstanding and very believable. Everything in this film is well-made in synchronization.

This is the first film related to a vampire that I think is least connected to Vampire's teeth baring at audience all the times, like other familiar horror we used to see. Other than some gory scenes in this film, we can yet see some flesh and blood moment of humane Vampire. And that is truly written to the core plot.

The last scene at swimming pool is totally mesmerizing and mind-blowing.

By the way, if Sweden submits this movie to be in competition with other nominees around the world for Oscar foreign-language film category this year, this masterpiece should win or at least be short-listed for the final fives.

10 out of 10


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