Friday, April 10, 2009

Now You See It

I don't think the trailer for 'Let The Right One In,' which I posted on Sunday, does this other-wordly Swedish film justice.   

Superbly written, acted, and filmed, it's a story about lonely pre-teens in a wintry suburban landscape.  I can recall very few films that so vividly captured being 12 - among them are masterpieces such as  'Ice Storm,' 'Machuca,' and 'Welcome To The Dollhouse.'

A near-albino blond 12-year-old boy (Kare Hedebrant, right), friendless, bullied at school, makes a  connection to the dark-haired girl next door.  She's also 12, but, being a vampire, she's been 12 for a very, very long time.   Why don't you just watch a few clips?   Just trust me on this!

  'Let The Right One In' too ethereal and touching to be pigeonholed as a vampire movie...

...but if you do like a good scare, the realism of this movie makes the scary parts more surprising and, hence, more frightening.   

It's based on the Swedish 2004 best-seller by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who is well on his way to being his country's Stephen King, in a very Swedish way, of course..

Here's another clip:

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