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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:
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Eli
Per Ragnar ...
Henrik Dahl ...
Erik
Karin Bergquist ...
Peter Carlberg ...
Lacke
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Mikael Rahm ...
Jocke
Karl-Robert Lindgren ...
Gösta
Anders T. Peedu ...
Morgan
Pale Olofsson ...
Cayetano Ruiz ...
Patrik Rydmark ...
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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girl | revenge | boy | suburb | blood | See more »

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 2008 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Let the Right One In  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£224,154 (UK) (10 April 2009)

Gross:

£878,070 (UK) (1 May 2009)
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Trivia

The title of the film (as well as the novel upon which it was based) refers to the fact that, according to myth, vampires must be invited in before they can enter someone's home (this is shown in the film when Eli asks Oskar to invite her into his apartment). The English-translated title of the book and film, "Let The Right One In", is taken from lyrics to the song "Let the Right One Slip In" by Morrissey. See more »

Goofs

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, when she picks it from Oskar's mother's closet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Flash in the Night
Written by Tim Norell & Björn Håkanson
Performed by Secret Service
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User Reviews

 
This film is the best vampire film in my life during 25 years in cinema world.
17 November 2008 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

I saw it in Bangkok International Film Festival 2008 and love this movie very much.

It has something big and stunning about this lovely storyline to rivet my attention from the beginning to the end. Moreover, the cinematography and atmosphere in this film are undeniably superb. The chemistry between two preteen protagonists is outstanding and very believable. Everything in this film is well-made in synchronization.

This is the first film related to a vampire that I think is least connected to Vampire's teeth baring at audience all the times, like other familiar horror we used to see. Other than some gory scenes in this film, we can yet see some flesh and blood moment of humane Vampire. And that is truly written to the core plot.

The last scene at swimming pool is totally mesmerizing and mind-blowing.

By the way, if Sweden submits this movie to be in competition with other nominees around the world for Oscar foreign-language film category this year, this masterpiece should win or at least be short-listed for the final fives.

10 out of 10


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