Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In), 2008
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Tomas Alfredson’s “Let The Right One In” is an original, dark, twisted and gory horror fantasy, one of those special films that are hard to classify. Not merely an exercise in style, his film is a brilliant piece of amoral storytelling, and even if some characters’ actions defy any logic or common sense (I don’t wanna spoil any moment here, but you’ll know what I mean when the first revenge moment of the story happens), they seem to be there just to remind you that this is just a fantasy tale (but not for the little ones!). Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12 year-old bullied boy that befriends and develops an innocent crush on his new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire. What comes next is a twisted tale of revenge and pubescent love, made with visual flair (the swimming pool scene is already classic), creative directing and impressive performances by the young pair of protagonists.
It has something big and stunning about this lovely storyline to rivet my attention from the beginning to the end. Moreover, the cinematography and atmosphere in this film are undeniably superb. The chemistry between two preteen protagonists is outstanding and very believable. Everything in this film is well-made in synchronization.
This movie does the same thing with vampirism — what would it be like if there was a vampire in 1970’s Sweden? The most interesting thing about the picture to me is that it makes some really awful stuff seem sympathetic. The leading boy sends a bully to the E/R, apparently having ruined one of his ears for life. The leading girl kills people. But we’re totally on their side.
Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf), 1968
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh