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Palmerston North Film Society: Let the Right One In


Wed 18 May 2011, 5:30pm
Wed 18 May 2011, 8:00pm

Where: Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged membership: $85.00
  • Unwaged membership: $70.00
  • Triple feature card: $30.00
  • High school student: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Ross Stevenson

Let the Right One - Låt den rätte komma in
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Sweden, 2008, 114 mins, R16 violence, content may disturb

Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a meek 12-year-old boy, lives with his single mother, Yvonne (Karin Bergquist), in the western Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. His classmates regularly bully him, and he spends his evenings imagining revenge.

One night, he meets Eli (Lina Leandersson), who has the appearance of a pale girl of his own age. Eli has recently moved into the next-door apartment to Oskar with an older man named Håkan (Per Ragnar). Eli initially informs Oskar that they cannot be friends. However, over time, they begin to form a close relationship, with Oskar lending his Rubik's Cube to Eli, and the two exchanging Morse code messages through their adjoining wall. Håkan requests that Eli stop seeing Oskar.

After questioning him about a cut on his cheek, Eli discovers that Oskar is being bullied by schoolmates and encourages him to stand up for himself. This inspires Oskar to enrol for weight-training classes after school. From there we discover Eli’s secret which she ultimately shares with Oskar.

“Let the Right One In introduces the melancholic allure of the lonely vampire to a Swedish junior high school in winter 1982. Achingly attuned to the bristling hypersensitivities of its pre-teen protagonists, the film rhymes the miseries of two soulmates: the ravenous vampire girl who can never die and the 12-year-old boy who can never fit in. By day young Oskar is the victim of relentless bullying. By night he dreams of revenge. He fills a notebook with details of the gruesome blood-lettings that have set neighbourhood nerves on edge. Eli, the new girl next door, seems just as much a misfit: she never feels the cold, she smells weird, she can‘t enter a room unless she‘s invited, but she understands Oskar like no one has before. The terrifying world she draws him into is depicted by director Tomas Alfredson with a cool plain style that chills.” - Bill Gosden, New Zealand International Film Festivals

“Director Tomas Alfredson and scripter John Ajvide Lindqvist (adapting his popular novel) aren‘t out to subvert or reinvent bloodsucker standards here; the v word is spoken and the conventions are respected, albeit tweaked at times in interesting ways.” - Michael Gingold, Fangoria

The film was remade in the USA in 2010 and retitled; Let Me In.

Did you know?
Several tricks were used to create the right sound effects for some of the gorier scenes. Biting into sausages was used to replicate biting into skin and flesh, and drinking yoghurt was used to sound like drinking blood. The sound of the children blinking was made by the skin of a grape rubbing against each other in an almost 'blinking' motion.


Two screenings - 5.30pm and 8pm
Members only. Palmerston North Film Society Membership is available at the door before each screening and lasts for one full year.

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