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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.

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Cast

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Eli
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Henrik Dahl ...
Erik
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Yvonne
Peter Carlberg ...
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Mikael Rahm ...
Karl-Robert Lindgren ...
Gösta
Anders T. Peedu ...
Morgan
Pale Olofsson ...
Larry
Cayetano Ruiz ...
Magister Avila
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Johan Sömnes ...
Mikael Erhardsson ...
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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

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

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Drama | Horror | Romance

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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  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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The title of the film (as well as the novel upon which it was based) refers to the fact that, according to myth, vampires must be invited in before they can enter someone's home (this is shown in the film when Eli asks Oskar to invite her into his apartment). The English-translated title of the book and film, "Let The Right One In," is taken from lyrics to the song "Let the Right One Slip In" by Morrissey. 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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Featured in Vampire Reviews: Let the Right One In (2017) See more »

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Dags å välja sida
Written by Per Åke Persson
Performed by Peps Blodsband
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... in many parts a beautiful and original piece of cinema.
4 February 2008 | by 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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