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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 72 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Both John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson admitted that they do not like or care for vampires. See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) When Oskar finds and inspects the solved Rubik's cube, the camera cuts to a sleeping Eli who is clearly dressed in clothes she won't get until much later in the movie (at around 1h 30 mins), when she picks it from Oskar's mother's closet. See more »

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

Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Fall Preview 2010 (2010) See more »

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Flash in the Night
Written by Tim Norell & Björn Håkansson
Performed by Secret Service
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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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