VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

LÅT DEN RÄTTE KOMMA IN

V' 08

LÅT DEN RÄTTE KOMMA IN

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Tomas Alfredson
S, 2008
Fiction, 114min, OmeU

LÅT DEN RÄTTE KOMMA IN

Tomas Alfredson
S, 2008
Fiction, 114min, OmeU

Cast: 
Kåre Hedebrant
Oskar
Lina Leandersson
Eli
Per Ragnar
Håkan
Henrik Dahl
Erik
Karin Bergquist
Yvonne
Peter Carlberg
Lacke
Screenplay: 
John Ajvide Lindqvist
Sound: 
Per Sundström
Camera: 
Hoyte vaj Hoytema
Editor: 
Dino Jonsäter
Tomas Alfredson
Composer: 
Johan Söderqvist
Decoration: 
Eva Norén
Costume: 
Jessica Fridén

Production: 
EFTI Humlegårdsgatan 6 114 46 Stockholm, Schweden T 8 678 12 10 info@efti.se
World Sales: 
Bavaria Film International Bavariafilmplatz 7 82031 Geiselgasteig, Deutschland T 89 6499 0 sales@bavaria-film.de
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen Mariahilfer Straße 58/7 1070 Wien T 1 523 43 62 0 office@filmladen.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

As much coming-of-age story as vampire tale, Let the Right One In is anomalously both elliptical and tender and does its unsettling work quietly. 12-year-old Oskar lives in a drab village outside Stockholm, where by day he is the victim of relentless bullying, and by night he dreams of revenge. Slipping out of sight of his single mother, Oskar fills a notebook with news on the gruesome killings that have set neighborhood nerves on edge - someone is tying people up, breaking their necks, and draining their blood - and rehearses knife moves in the icy courtyard of his apartment complex. One night, an apparition appears on the decaying jungle gym behind him: Eli, the new girl next door. The two misfits befriend each other.
Director Tomas Alfredson treats the fantastic as the everyday stuff of life in Let the Right One In. Although there are moments of gore, Alfredson handles them with a restrained precision, and the eerie stillness of the scenes makes them shudderingly memorable. Though dark themes prevail, the essence of the film lies mainly in the relationship between Oskar and Eli, tactfully portrayed by the talented young actors. The two emit a natural innocence even within the gloomy storyline, conveying a constant sense of hope. (David Kwok)