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by Allan Fish

(Sweden 2008 114m) DVD1/2

Aka. Lat den Ratte Komma in

Twelve years, eight months and nine days

p  Carl Molinder, John Nordling  d  Tomas Alfredson  w  John Ajvide Lindqvist  novel  John Ajvide Lindqvist  ph  Hoyte van Hoytema  ed  Daniel Jonsater, Tomas Alfredson  m  Johan Söderqvist  art  Eva Norén 

Kare Hadebrant (Oskar), Lina Leandersson (Eli), Per Ragnar (Hakan), Henrik Dahl (Erik), Karin Bergqvist (Yvonne), Peter Carlberg (Lacke), Ika Nord (Virginia), Mikael Ramm (Jocke),

We live in a world where vampires are cool and they have been since the days of Anne Rice and Joss Whedon.  On TV alone, one can think of True Blood, of Human Nature and even an episode of Doctor Who.  Then on film the gormless Blade films and the terminally bland teen candy that is the God-awful Twilight series, compared to which even the Harry Potter movies seem like masterpieces.  Into this pit of recycled regurgitations we have Tomas Alfredson’s film of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s celebrated novel.

            It’s set in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in 1982, and centres around the existence of a small boy, Oskar, bullied at school and desperately in search of a friend.  His only friend is a young 12 year old girl, Eli, who he only sees at night, hanging around on a climbing frame in the courtyard of their apartment block.  She lives with a middle-aged man and lives very reclusively.  The reason being of course that she is a vampire and that her guardian is getting closer to being captured following a series of killings in which the victims’ blood is drained for Eli’s consumption.  Rather than being just 12, she’s actually been 12 for over 200 years. (more…)

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