A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
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
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 »
(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 »
I am not particularly fond of the vampire genre, but this movie is so much more. It is artistic, poetic, and in many ways a very profound movie exploring the nature of good and evil. It does so through the world of a child where both pure evil and pure goodness are somewhat discernible, and it achieves an astounding array of contrasts that allow us to see that good and evil can coexist side by side. Doing so, this movie is very thought-provoking, leaving the audience yearning to read the novel. In short, this movie is a gem. There is no need to remake this movie which according to IMDb.com they will be. You don't need to wait until 2010, you should watch this movie now.
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