Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Dark Side of Tender Love

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Dark Side of Tender Love

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TOMAS Alfredson directs this breathtaking, unconventional coming of age story, adapted for the screen by John Ajvide Linqvist from his own novel.

Set predominantly in and around a snow-laden housing estate in 1980s Stockholm, the story centres on 12-year-old loner Oskar (Hedebrant), who lives with his divorced mother and is bullied mercilessly at school by Conny (Rydmark) and various oafish sidekicks.

One night, Oskar meets the strange yet alluring Eli (Leandersson), a little girl of a similar age who seems just as lonely and disenchanted with the world. She lives with her guardian Hakan (Ragnar), who often goes out late, leaving the girl alone.

Oskar senses there is something different about his new friend and he asks her tentatively, "Are you a vampire?". She seems unsurprised, responding: "I live off blood, yes."

As the relationship between the two deepens, Oskar finds the courage to stand up to the bullies.

Stylishly directed and bloody from the outset, Let The Right One In puts a fresh spin on a familiar story of alienation. …

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