Apparently, I like foreign films. I say “apparently” because every now and then something like that will sneak up on you and surprise you. I was equally shocked to learn that I like folk music. It’s just that I never really stopped to think about this collectively and consider the possibility that I would love a genre of anything that in my youth I would find laughable.
I use this as a prelude to tell you about my new favorite film – or at least the film that has the most lasting impression on me of anything I’ve seen in quite a while. It is a Swedish film that came out in 2008 called Let the Right One In (I’m a bit behind on Netflix movies). The film was so well received critically that American filmmakers have decided to ruin by recreating it stateside, to be released this year or next.
As stated elsewhere on this blog, I will not be tedious and write a review. But it’s worth checking out – the plot centers around a lonely twelve-year-old boy who is the victim of bullies at school and the friendship/romance he strikes up with a girl who moves into his apartment complex who is just a little bit off…because she’s a vampire. It sounds strange, and it’s not really a horror/vampire movie, although it does have some great moments of suspense. Really, it’s just a sweet and touching story of two lonely kids who find comfort and love in each other. The end choked me up in a way I would not have anticipated.
Anyway, if this sounds even remotely up your alley, check it out. Although, I recommend seeing if you can watch it in Swedish with subtitles. For some reason, the copy I had was dubbed into English, which is always a little bit off-putting, and you definitely lose something from the film’s original actors that way.