Oskar, a bullied 12-year-old, strikes up a friendship with his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli. Initially reserved, a sweet romance blossoms between them. But a dark, macabre secret revealing Eli’s connection to a string of bloody local murders, threatens everything.
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s modern-day vampire story—the best of our era—is rapidly becoming a new arthouse classic. It remains remarkable: a wintry, heartfelt horror tale of loneliness and kinship, equally shocking and tender, with a deathly final embrace.
Since I watched it for the first time some years ago I find this film unique (and far better than Matt Reeves’ remake "Let me in"). The contrast between bloody reality and tender relationship of the two protagonists is the initial point for a very special coming-of-age story with captivating and atmospheric cinematography.
it's not all about the blood. the stark environments & the wonderful compositional shapes, make it very pleasing to watch. not to mention the wonderful story between the two main characters. in a world of increasing ease of human interaction, it is refreshing to see the beauty in random meetings & the possibilities of not knowing everything all at the same time.
After all I've read and heard about the film, I expected a lot - and was nevertheless surprised by how brilliant it is. Despite the horror elements, it is essentially about loneliness and frienship. A tender, atmospheric tale that is - like all extraordinary films - absolutely unique.