director Tomas Alfredson
Let the Right One In has been one of my favorite new films that I have seen since keeping this diary. It’s lingered in my mind since first seeing it 6 years ago, and it’s been one of the few films I have really wanted to see again. Of course, I saw the American re-make Let Me In (2010). I’ve even read John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel from which the film was adapted.
The film is more a love story perhaps than a horror story, and more than a romance, it is a depiction of alienation, loneliness, otherness, and the finding of a true friend or perhaps love. Its echoes of child abuse, bullying, and darker truths transcend the easy reference “that Swedish vampire movie”.
As much as I had wanted to see it again, I also started wanting to watch it with my kids, and my kids have gotten to an age where it would not be inappropriate. Whether or not they would like it, that I wasn’t so sure of.
Watching it again, I felt for the strengths of the film, the unromantic icy 1980’s landscape of suburban(?) Sweden and especially the brilliant casting of Kåre Hedebrant as Oskar and Lina Leandersson as Eli.
The kids, I’m not sure what they thought of it. Felix said he thought it was good. Clara was a little less impressed, though now I’m wondering if it is because she thought it would be scary and was disappointed on that score. I don’t know. It’s still among the best contemporary films I’ve seen in the past 13 years, now no longer exactly contemporary.