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 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 Charles Johan Charles ... Andreas (as Johan Sömnes)
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

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

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Trivia

Despite being asked twice by Oskar, Eli never reveals her true age. It is often speculated that Eli is around 300 years old. See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) As Oskar is looking in his clip book with old newspaper articles, a serial number used by the Swedish police is visible. That number ends with 95, which means that crime was committed in 1995. The movie, however, is set in 1982. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Referenced in Rabbit: The Direction of 'Rabbit' (2018) See more »

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Dags å välja sida
Written by Per Åke Persson
Performed by Peps Blodsband
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The most fantastic and original dark fantasy starring a child since "Pan's Labyrinth"
26 October 2008 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In" is an original, dark, twisted and gory horror fantasy, one of those special films that are hard to classify. Not merely an exercise in style, his film is a brilliant piece of amoral storytelling, and even if some characters' actions defy any logic or common sense (I don't wanna spoil any moment here, but you'll know what I mean when the first revenge moment of the story happens), they seem to be there just to remind you that this is just a fantasy tale (but not for the little ones!). Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12 year-old bullied boy that befriends and develops an innocent crush on his new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire. What comes next is a twisted tale of revenge and pubescent love, made with visual flair (the swimming pool scene is already classic), creative directing and impressive performances by the young pair of protagonists.

Hollywood, of course, didn't waste time and already announced an upcoming remake for those who are too lazy to read subtitles. Most likely, the remake will turn out to be PG-13 in order to make more money, and be filled with moral values so the prudish parents will let their kids watch the movie (don't they know "The Little Vampire" was made years ago?). Ignore the future bomb and enjoy the original - you're in for a treat! 10/10.


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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

Gross USA:

$2,122,065

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,227,336
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2.35 : 1
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