If you were bullied at school, had to play all alone in your backyard and were misunderstood by your family, you probably can sympathyise with Oscar. The 12-year-old boy grows up in the suburbs of Stockholm and leads a rather sad and lonley life for a kid. That is, until he meets the new girl in the neighborhood.
Is she even a girl? She is strange. Even in the dark and icy winters of the north she wanders without jacket and scarf. Her skin is pale and cold, her soul old and wise. When Oscar takes mysterious Eli to his house, it recalls Goethe’s “Faust” or Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” when she can’t enter unless explicit invited. If something like this ever happens to you, note that this someone is usually up to no good.
My two Cents:
The movie is a lovely mix of melancholic lovestory and critical portrait of today’s society. A dog eat dog lifestyle in a cold and icy world demands for a harsh corrective. And some simple but purposeful killings might really do the trick.
As cute and adorable as the characters are, they lead a ruthless life and are much too wise for their age. It might also be that we generally don’t apprechiate enough what kids are actually capable of… Either way, “Let the right one in” provides a refreshing new story line for the vampire motif, moves it away from sexy actors and clishee storylines to show a sad, sad struggle between love and dependence.
(Watch in Swedish with Subtitles!)