Let the Right One In

I went for this movie knowing solely that it was about vampires.
I was expecting some blood and some scary stuff, but instead I think I got the most unexpected film experience so far this year. I mean, this movie is really good!

The film explores the relation between Oskar, a 12 year old disturbed boy, and Eli, a girl “more or less” the same age that just moved in to the apartment next door with her father.
As a viewer you immediately start to realize what’s going on, but still the director doesn’t give you the cliché stuff you are waiting for in a movie about vampires: no killings with victims running around like sheeps, no meaningless dilemas about the hardships of being a dead walking…actually the vampire issue isn’t really the main subject of the plot, it’s the relation between the 2 children that keeps all the emotions locked tight.

And I really gotta mention again the director, Tomas Alfredson, cause some of the scenes in this film are done with brilliant technique…the way the whole bloody mess of a vampire killing is portrayed is very clever, showing only what’s necessary and keeping the dark spectrum of the movie very well conserved without being necessary to show explicit violence to transmit the idea of what’s going on. It’s not like he reinvented film directing, but he applied the right influences and characteristic styles of some notorious masters to give the movie it’s own charisma.

And yes the movie is dark, and it’s creepy sometimes (I got a bit perturbed by the scene where Eli gets inside Oskar’s home uninvited), but it’s very beautiful, specially the moments shared by the 2 children on screen, superb casting I must say. Eli’s character is amazing, portraying the innocence of a child but at the same time the consciousness and ruthlessness of her inhuman being.

In an era where crap like Twilight becomes a box office success and proves that the general public is just eating shit with large spoons, it’s really good to see that there are people that can still make a true vampire story come alive on screen and deliver something that touches us rather than just serve as mindless entertainment.
A really well done movie that I think is a must see for everyone that’s actually into real cinema, with quality.




3 Responses to “Let the Right One In”

  1. 1 jmnpm 17 July, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Boa review!
    Deixa-me só dizer-te que não acho que ela se muda para o apartamento para o lado com o pai…a relação deles é bem mais estranha: se vires bem as coisas, o gajo (não me lembro do nome) é mais “empregado” dela que pai/avô/whatever…na minha opinião ele é um Oskar que a conheceu anteriormente. Ele morre, e o Oskar passará a assumir essa função

  2. 2 Gonçalo Dias 19 July, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Despertaste-me o interesse.
    Já a tratar de arranjar isto.

  3. 3 Inês Barradas A MAMI 20 July, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Já tinha visto o filme, adorei!! *

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