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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In)


Yes, the movie is unbelievable good and yes is about vampires, but you can hardly tell as is so beautiful to watch that truly amazes how a vampire story could be told so natural and so sweet like in this Tomas Alfredson film. Besides all tech specs are fabulous as this is a true art and poetic film. In one word: awesome! and please remember that I do not like vampire movies.

Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist and based on his own novel of the same name the movie tells about an overlooked and bullied 12-year-old boy Oskar that finds love when he meets 12-year-old more or less Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns to be a vampire. What follows after they meet you have to see it, as is so unbelievable natural that will melt your heart even when watching the vampire in action.

Just one word of caution, the movie has wonderful slow pace but in the beginning when the Oskar character is introduced was too slow for me, once Oskar meets Eli the story totally changes even when the pace is kept the same. So, if it happens to you I suggest patience as is absolutely worth it.

I believe that the story is as good as I say in the previous paragraphs, but what is really outstanding is the cinematography, the contrasts between darkness and light, the amazing pace that takes its time so you can see absolutely everything, the fabulous compositions made out of snow and blood, the amazing young actors performances and the outstanding directing by Alfredson. There are some special effects, but thanks to Tom Alfredson are keep to a minimum and do not bother at all with the continuity of the beautiful and mesmerizing visuals.

The movie has many honors and awards in festivals around the world since premiered at the 2008 Göteborg International Film Festival were won the Nordic Film Prize for Best Film and the Nordic Vision Award for Best Cinematography, but also won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feautre at 2008 Tribeca, the Golden Méliès for Best European Film at the Sitges 08 fest, the Silver Méliès for Best European Feature Film at the 2008 Neuchatel fest, is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2008 Satellite Awards, and has many other well deserved awards and nominations. Also is a movie that is appearing in many listings of the best 2008 films.

Unfortunately Hollywood is going to do a remake and Alfredson is said to not be happy with the remake that he feels will be too mainstream, which I totally understand as this is a movie that has to be seen in the beautiful original version.

I never imagined that I was going to say so many times the word beautiful when describing a vampire movie, but honestly this is one movie that totally fits the true word description and one that I strongly recommend not to miss even if you’re like me and do not really like the vampire genre.

Big Enjoy!!!

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