Friday, 27 April 2012

Movie Date: Låt den rätte komma in

Vampire is a widely popular theme these days thanks to Stephanie Meyer with her Twilight series. It has, in my opinion, though, killed the sole idea of vampires as we know it. The society today -- the younger generation at most -- has been divided into the haters and the lovers of this series. I fall into the hater, just so you know. But let's not get into the detail. My vampire criteria is more something off Interview With The Vampire or True Blood -- although I don't follow this series. Now, introducing my very favourite vampire movie ever, Låt den rätte komma in!

You probably know it better as Let The Right One In -- as is the english title for this film. The Americans have made an english version of this called Let Me In which stars Chloë Moretz. I haven't watched this one but I have fallen in love with the original one that I don't think I'd want to watch the american one. Other than the fact that this young love story is adorably sweet yet intricately bloody, it is also in Swedish, a language that I can't speak in. That adds a cultural bonus point to it. Although this movie was released in 2008, I think the story takes place in a different as anything there looks to...old for 2008. But I love the vintage feel to it, reminds me of how simple life used to be like.

Låt den rätte komma in tells the story of two 12-year-olds who are lumped in together by fate. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy who kept getting bullied in school and has no friends...until one night he met Eli, a 12-year-old girl who just moved in next door. At first they weren't interested in each other but they kept hanging out at the jungle gym in front of their homes and meeting with each other. Slowly but sure their friendship started to bloom. They were each other's only friends. Eli lived with her father, just the two of them. Every night her father would go out and collect blood for her to consume. One night, though, he almost got caught and decided to acidify his own face so that he couldn't talk or fess up about Eli. Since then, Eli was on her own to collect her own food. She killed people by herself. She wished she didn't have to but she had no other choice -- she tried eating something else but she ended up throwing up. It was so adorable when Oskar already knew. Eli couldn't get into a place without being invited in by the people inside. One day, she went to Oskar's and Oskar dared her to come in intrusively, without him having to let her come in. She ended up bleeding from every end of her body. One time, while she was sucking the blood of a woman she grabbed on the street, someone came and interrupted her feast. The woman lived but, little did she know, she became a vampire herself. She ended up going insane from this truth and was admitted to a hospital -- where she asked the nurse to open the blinds, exposing her to sunlight, and killed herself burning.

This is just the sweetest and most innocent vampire love story I have ever watched/read. It is adorable how Oskar never had a hesitation moment even after finding out the truth about Eli. He kept hugging her and not wanting her to get hurt. Eli is, by far, my most favourite vampire. She has that smile that is both mischievous and naïve. Oh, yeah, this film was originally from a book written by John Ajvide Lindqvist and published 4 years earlier. It is in Swedish, though, but it's also available in english and probably also many other languages. Have a great Friday and marvelous weekend, all! Cheerio!

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