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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Oskar
... Eli
... Håkan
Henrik Dahl ... Erik
... Yvonne
Peter Carlberg ... Lacke
... Virginia
Mikael Rahm ... Jocke
Karl-Robert Lindgren ... Gösta
Anders T. Peedu ... Morgan
Pale Olofsson ... Larry
Cayetano Ruiz ... Magister Avila
... Conny
Johan Sömnes ... Andreas
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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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)  »

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Let the Right One In  »

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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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Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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(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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Featured in Being George Clooney (2016) See more »

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Written by Agnetha Fältskog
Performed by Agnetha Fältskog
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The most fantastic and original dark fantasy starring a child since "Pan's Labyrinth"
26 October 2008 | by See 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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