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5.0 out of 5 stars Drop everything and see it, 12 May 2009
This review is from: Let the Right One in [DVD] (DVD)
This is not a just horror film, it is a moving modern fairytale that explores the relationship between two lonely children. It is the best film of 2008, probably the best film about vampires ever made, and one of the best explorations of childhood relationships ever commited to film. It is more "My Girl" with blood than a Swedish "Twilight."

There are so many strange, otherworldly and moving scenes in this film. They bond over a rubix cube in the snow. The morning when Oscar gazes from his window after Eli has left, wondering how she flew from his third story window. The moment Oscar finally asks Eli, through glass, the questions you feel he has been itching to for some time (Are you a vampire? Are you dead? Are you old? "I'm twelve" she answers, "I have been twelve for a long time.") It is searingly touching in its innocence despite how ridiculous the whole thing sounds. Then there is their parting, Oscar trying desperately to remain composed as he witnesses her feeding on a local man. After killing him she stands in front of Oscar, a huge ring of dripping blood around her mouth, and tells him they must part. He stares, his heart pumping, biting his lip. The first time he witnesses the raw truth of her terrible existence.

Despite decapitations, frozen corpses and pools of blood, at it's heart this is a gentle and touching story about two lonely twelve year old children - one cursed by urges she cannot control and the other inextricably attracted through his own isolation to this beautiful but beastly creature who appears one night in the playground outside his house.

The two leads (astoundingly both first time child actors) are electric. Their performances are so arresting that the film suffers for every moment they are not on screen. One of the final scenes featuring the pair was recently voted the best piece of cinematography of 2008, beating amongst others The Dark Knight to the honour. It's no surprise, because the film looks incredible. It is the tone and direction of the piece that moves it head and shoulders above any other film featuring a vampire or a gushing severed artery.

The trailers and posters are geared to make this look something like the Ring films, the creepy girl with greasy hair, the looming girl in a nightdress etc. This isn't Damien - it's not about strange children staring at the camera. It's hugely entertaining and moving original film making. Full of imagination, breathtaking in its bravery and vision. See it.
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Initial post: 16 May 2009 23:25:53 BDT
And, incidentally, one of the best uses of red and white since Bergman's 'Cries and Whispers'.

Posted on 11 Aug 2009 16:24:10 BDT
This is a brilliant review - thank you.
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