|Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl|
Director(s): Tomas Alfredson
Fantastic. An original, mesmerizing take on the vampire genre, blended into a subtle romance/coming-of-age scenario between two 12-year olds in Sweden. The less you know about it, the better, but here's a smidgen of what to expect: the two leads are sympathetic and tender, despite one being a vampire, and true emotion is felt for their respective dilemmas. Their bond is the real center of the film, and this almost trumps the whole vampire side of things.
This film is long and unwinds slowly, but the storytelling element is perfect and I was drawn into it, fascinated. Not exactly scary, but there are chilling scenes that will be etched in my mind for a long time. There aren't any flowing dark capes or plastic fangs or shapeshifting or anything remotely Hollywoodized (thank you Sweden!), but it isn't necessary, and there are still some gruesome, morbid scenes for those looking for that kind of thing. A rare gem, a good find, go see it. I am eager to discuss this film with someone.
I am intrigued....will try to rent it!
And then we can discuss over Earl Grey Tea and Scones...
MAYKE IT SHEW NAYMBUR WAIINE
I've been thinking about this film all week...new facets of the story keep popping into my mind. I love when a film has that effect on you. I can't wait to watch it again.
I couldn't agree more with Mitchy. Tremendous story telling. Restrained. Creepy and scary without resorting to much violence or gore (there's a bit here and there, but not too much...).
SPOILERS!! Read no more, unless you a) are Mitchy, b) have zero intention of seeing the movie, or c) are an idiot:
I was not crazy about the final scenes at the pool and on the train, but a minor quibble. I sensed the movie fit itself into "reality" extremely well - within the confines of a vampire film, of course. So, there was this massive carnage, which would have been associated with the boy (plus a living witness was still there). Plus, the boy's parents, while distant, did care about him. And then he is on the train by himself, as if running away for good. Hmmm... would there not be authorities immediately after him? Not that he was guilty of a crime, but was he not, a) a witness, and b) a runaway 12 year old?
Anyhow, very minor quibbles. It was truly master story telling. I wish more movies were this good.
For Mitchy. My morse code isn't that good, but according to Wikipedia:
"The film ends with Oskar and Eli traveling by train, with Eli (unseen) tapping the word 'kiss' to Oskar in Morse code from inside a large cardboard trunk and Oskar tapping back the same."
Glad you loved it, Jeffy!
I've been trying to spread the word about this film to everyone, seeing as how it got little PR and not many theaters screened it.
I'm stunned...at a true loss for words. I haven't been chilled by a film like that in a long long while (maybe last time was The Shining) and moved by a coming of age story since maybe Stand By Me.
I don't know what else to say other than I'd like time to digest this film properly.
Kudos to Mitch for putting it on my "Must See" list!
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