Jan. 14th, 2009

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Jane and I saw Let the Right One In tonight. It's a vampire movie that reminds me of my favorite vampire book, Agyar by Steven Brust. It's understated, subtle. I liked that it was told mostly from the point of view of the non-vampire kid. The music is minimalist, the scenery is grey, dull, winter suburbia. No glam or glitter, nothing to distract you from the very subtle emotional story playing itself out.

The movie is all about relationships. Oskar's relationship with his mother, with his father, with his classmates, and with the strange new girl who moves in next door. But each of these relationships is elaborated in tidbits, looks, subtle gestures, overheard conversations.

I read someone was wanting to make an American remake. There's no way that would work unless they can find another pre-teen girl who does such a good job of conveying... old. Her eyes said so much, as did subtle body language, to convey that she's not really a creature of the modern world.

I'll avoid spoilers, but I'll say that there was one moment near the beginning of this film that struck me, where I saw the cycle of this creature's life... and I knew this movie would be horrible... but subtly and enjoyably so.

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