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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.


Tomas Alfredson


John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 74 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Though the film takes place in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, the film principal photography was shot in Luleå in the north of Sweden, to ensure enough snow and cold weather. See more »


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Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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A Most Unconventional and Satisfying Film by Andrew Malekoff
11 January 2009 | by anjruSee all my reviews

Let the Right One In is a most unique film about early adolescent puppy love between a sweet and oft bullied boy and his new neighbor, a 100-plus year old vampire that has occupied a 12 year old girl's body. They are kindred spirits, both lonely, misunderstood and seemingly adrift, searching for meaning and, in their own ways - blood. I really liked the pacing of the film - some that are used to bang-bang-shoot-em-up flicks might say plodding, but for the patient film-goer I say - just right. The boy, living in a single parent family with his mom and with periodic contact with this dad, is the target of a cruel group of classmates led by one particularly vile and sadistic punk, whose even more brutal older brother gradually emerges from the shadows as the drama unfolds. The girl lives in squalor with an old guy who she probably has more years on despite the contrast between his aging body and her youthful shell. He is charged with getting fresh blood for her. But, he is a clod and blunderer (there is a sort of slapstick to his shtick) and he cannot consistently deliver, leaving her to seek her own sustenance in very dramatic fashion. As the two protagonists become great pals and a little more, their secrets are revealed to one another and the story builds to most imaginative and satisfying conclusion. I won't give it away by saying more. If you are adventurous, see this movie that you won't soon forget...PS. I just learned that they are already planning a remake of this fine Swedish film, for the audience that cannot be bothered with subtitles I presume. What's that old cliché?: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Swedish | Spanish

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,295, 26 October 2008

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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