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Let the Right One In (2008)

“Låt den rätte komma in”

Crime, Drama, Fantasy |

Let the Right One In is a Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s.

Alfredson, unconcerned with the horror and vampire conventions, decided to tone down many elements of the novel and focus primarily on the relationship between the two main characters and explore the darker side of humanity. Selecting the lead actors involved a year-long process with open castings held all over Sweden. In the end, the 11-year-olds Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson were chosen for the leading roles. They were subsequently commended by both Alfredson and film reviewers for their performances.

Oskar, a meek 12-year-old boy, resides with his mother Yvonne in the western Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1981. His classmates regularly bully him, and he spends his evenings imagining revenge, collecting clippings from newspapers and magazines about murders. One night he meets Eli, who appears to be a pale girl of his age. Eli has recently moved into the next-door apartment with an older man, Håkan. Eli initially informs Oskar that they cannot be friends. Over time, however, the two begin to form a relationship, and exchange Morse code messages through their adjoining wall. Eli learns that Oskar is being bullied by schoolmates and encourages him to stand up for himself. Oskar enrolls in weight-training classes after school.

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Writers: John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay & novel)

Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord


Kåre HedebrantOskar
Lina LeanderssonEli
Per RagnarHåkan
Henrik DahlErik
Karin BergquistYvonne
Peter CarlbergLacke
Ika NordVirginia
Mikael RahmJocke
Karl-Robert LindgrenGösta
Anders T. PeeduMorgan
Pale OlofssonLarry
Cayetano RuizMagister Avila
Patrik RydmarkConny
Johan SömnesAndreas
Mikael ErhardssonMartin
Rasmus LuthanderJimmy
Sören KällstigenJanne – Eriks kompis
Malin CederbladSjukhusreceptionist (as Malin Cederbladh)
Berndt ÖstmanVirginias sjuksköterska (as Bernt Östman)
Kajsa LinderholmLärarinnan
Adam StonePolis i klassen
Ingemar RaukolaVaktmästaren
Kent RishaugKioskägaren
Linus HannerPojke som dödas
Tom LjungmanUng man 1
Fredrik RamelUng man 2
Christoffer BohlinMatte – upphängd pojke
Julia NilssonTonårstjej 1
Elin AlménTonårstjej 2
Bengt BylundNyhetsuppläsare radio (voice)
Bengt LindströmVäderleksrapport radio (voice)
Susanne RubenEli åldrad
Elif CeylanElis röst (voice)
Libby BrienVirginia / Teacher (voice)
Robin De LanoEli
Philip HershAdditional Voices
Jonas KrusePolis på sjukhus
Lena NilssonHåkans sjuksköterska

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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