MVFF SENIOR PROGRAMMER KAREN DAVIS SELECTS
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Director: Tomas Alfredson (Sweden, 2008) 114 min.
Based on the best-selling Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In tells the story of Oskar, a gawky 12-year-old tormented by bullies, who has no one to connect with until he meets an elusive new neighbor, Eli. Eli is different too, but in fantastical, unimaginable ways; and her sudden appearance strangely coincides with a series of killings in which the victims’ bodies have been drained of blood. As these two misfits form an unbreakable bond, Oskar acquires strength from Eli, and she learns compassion from him. (Joshua Moore)
“This elegant and evocative Swedish art film turns the tropes of the American horror genre on its head. Replacing fast-paced action and high-decibel shrieks with stillness, quietude, and a pervasive sense of longing (alongside some dark Nordic humor), Let the Right One In is an unforgettable coming-of-age vampire story that will leave you (of course) thirsty for more.” –Karen Davis
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