in about 100 words or less
Swedish 114m, Colour
Director: Tomas Alfredson; Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
If vampires did exist, Let the Right One In could be a documentary. Based on a book of the same name by John Lindqvist, but skillfully edited to exclude some of the more controversial themes, the story centers on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy, Oskar and Eli, a vampire child of considerable age. Set predominantly during the lengthy darkness of Sweden’s winter, the warmth of their friendship is contrasted against a series of murders perpetrated by Eli’s mentally tormented human companion, who collects blood for her, leaving his victims hanging upside down. Despite the simplification of the plot for the film, the story is disturbing on a number of levels but remains one of the most intriguing and thoughtful vampire movies yet made (Klaus Ming November 2009).