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Oscar, a 12-year-old fragile and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends, who moves into his building. When Oscar discovers that Eli is a vampire it does not deter his increasing feelings and confused emotions of a young adolescent. When Eli loses the man who protects and provides for her, and as suspicions are mounting from her neighbors and police she must move on to stay alive. However when Oscar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.
The enduring popularity of the vampire myth rests, in part, on sexual magnetism. In Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson's carefully controlled, yet sympathetic take on John Ajvide Lindqvist's Swedish bestseller-turned-screenplay, the protagonists are pre-teens, unlike the fully-formed night crawlers of HBOs True Blood or Catherine Hardwickes Twilight (both also based on popular novels). Instead, 12-year-old Oskar (future heartbreaker Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson) enter into a deadly form of puppy love. The product of divorce, Oskar lives with his harried mother, while his new neighbor resides with a mystery man named Håkan (Per Ragnar), who takes care of her unique dietary needs. From the wintery moment in 1982 that the lonely, towheaded boy spots the strange, dark-haired girl skulking around their outer-Stockholm tenement, he senses a kindred spirit. They bond, innocently enough, over a Rubik's Cube, but little does Oskar realize that Eli has been 12 for a very long time. Meanwhile, at school, bullies torment the pale and morbid student mercilessly. Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar doesn't just learn how to defend himself, but to become a sort of predator himself, begging the question as to whether Eli really exists or whether she represents a manifestation of his pent-up anger and resentment. Naturally, the international success of Lindqvist's fifth feature, like Norway's chilling Insomnia before it, has inspired an American remake, which is sure to boast superior special effects, but can't possibly capture the delicate balance he strikes here between the tender and the terrible. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Really great storytelling in this film, one of the best foreign films I could recommend to anyone. Your better off paying extra for the Swedish bluray import of the film than... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marlon
I don't like reading subtitles, I feel like it distracts me from what is happening in the film. If I wanted to read I would read a book.Published 14 days ago by Jeremy Beachy
Before I get into actually reviewing this film I first would like to talk about the blu-ray itself. A prior known issue with the home release, which many of the top reviews on here... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dakota D.
I liked this movie it had a different spin on vampires and even through its a foreign film with i believe dubbed voices its still entertaining.Published 28 days ago by Steven V.
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|How do you interpret the ending of the movie?||
I think your interpretation is entirely accurate. Eli is "developing" Oskar for the role as her new consort. Hakan has forfeited that role by his ineptitude. In Hakan we see Oskar's future; in Oskar we see Hakan's past. So there is a weirdly sinister overtone to what appears to be... Read More
May 11, 2009 by H. F. Gibbard | See all 24 posts
Above the Frequently Bought Together it says:
Subtitle Details: This product features the theatrical version of English subtitles.
Jun 20, 2012 by TVN | See all 3 posts
|Has anyone received the correct version from amazon?||
No...it's too risky. Magnolia hasn't done a full blown correction plan for the DVD. I actually found the corrected DVD at Barnes & Noble. Sure it cost $26.99+ $2.23(tax)=$29.22, but the way Magnolia has done it...seems I have to physically get it to be safe. Magnolia has corrected the DVD, here's... Read More
Jul 27, 2009 by Steven Chaverria | See all 50 posts
|Amazon now selling the Blu-ray version with Theatrical Subtitles!||
Indeed. Just got the Blu-ray from amazon, and it has the theatrical subtitles.
Jan 23, 2010 by M. Kirchhoff | See all 10 posts
Like others, I was taken aback when I discovered that the DVD subtitles were different from the subtitles in the theatrical release (I was fortunate to be able to download the latter online). But I did a little research using an online Swedish-to-English dictionary, and the fact is NEITHER... Read More
Mar 16, 2009 by N.R. Gasan | See all 37 posts
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