Let The Right One In

Let The Right One In

A really touching film - Mick Jordan

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Viewer Rating:Mick Jordan has rated Let The Right One In rating: 5 Star

“Let The Right One In” has been variously acclaimed as 'A Chilling Fairytale'; 'Horror film of the century'; “Unforgettable Cinema”; “Instant Classic” etc. and apart from the last which is a contradiction in terms deserves all the acclaim. But it is much more than just a horror story, more like it is a coming of age story of first love – with vampires. Oskar is a lonely outsider, all but ignored by his separated parents and bullied cruelly by his classmates. When Eli and her 'guardian' move in next door his interest is piqued by the fact that she never goes out by day and the windows in her flat are all blacked up. For her part Eli is drawn to Oskar although at their first meeting she tells him “We can never be friends”. Meanwhile her guardian is out hunting for Eli's latest feed, a batch of fresh blood. While there are a few frightening moments in the film it never sets out for cheap shocks. When Eli suddenly attacks one of her victims from above it isn't just a sudden ZAP! and she's in but rather a silent swoop from the sky making the scene all the more chilling. The horror of this story is in the setting not the action, it is in what Eli is rather than what she does. She is neither the gothic nor glamorous vampire we are used to but rather a frightened little girl who will never grow up. When Oskar asks her if she really is 12 years old, the same age as him she replies “Yes, but I've been this age for a long time.” As the couple are drawn more and more together their need for each other and their tenderness with each other becomes all the more heartbreaking because it is so inevitably doomed. At one point Eli leaves a morning note for Oskar in her flat advising him of all the usual precautions to take, don't go into her room, close all doors, keep out all light etc. and finishes with “I really like you”. I wasn't the only one in the cinema who suddenly had something in his eye at that point. Eli is played by Lina Leanderson and Oskar by Kare Hedebrant who both give perfect performances by virtue of the fact you don't notice they are giving any performance. They are completely natural on screen which is just as well as they are in nearly every shot. I highly recommend seeing this film as soon as possible – especially with the recent announcement of a Hollywood remake.

Review published on the 22 April 2009 10:22

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