I have always thought about how the perfect example of a human/vampire relationship, is, well, Buffy and Angel. The grand scale of how their relationship was treated in the show was perfectly captured. Oddly enough, their relationship was deemed as the most human. And so when Twilight (and a slew of other vampire/human/creature love stories) came about, I was a sheepishly turned my head away from them, because I knew they wouldn’t give me what the Buffy/Angel story did. Then, I found out about a movie called Let the Right One In from Bloody-digusting.com, and it seemed different, so I decided to give it a try.
To say that the movie is your average vampire love story is in many levels an understatement. For one, the characters don’t really do stupid things out of their love for each other, and even if one might say that they do, these objections can easily be countered by the fact that they were children at the time that the story takes place. For me, the title is twofold. One meaning might be literal, because as the myth goes, vampires cannot enter a household without having any verbal invitations. The other meaning has something to do with Oskar, and how he feels isolated from his peers. Granted, Oskar does not really have any friends. He doesn’t let people in his life easily, because he has developed trust issues. So when Eli comes into his life, he changes drastically. He learns how to fight for himself, and he learns how to stand on his own two feet.
The only thing that scared me a bit in the story is my realization that Hakan, Eli’s former “guardian”, isn’t really her guardian, but instead, one of her former lovers. He is keen in keeping Eli alive, even at the cost of his own life. This, while implying the sheer force of the feeling of love, leaves one dark possibility for Oskar: when he ages, he may become just like Hakan, obeying Eli and sacrificing his life for hers.
In a subtle sense, I think that this movie also deals with the concept of love perfectly. There is a scene in the movie wherein Eli is changing her clothes, and Oskar decides to take a quick peek and finds out that there are stitches where Eli’s genitals should be. He ignores this, and continues their friendship. Now, I might be a little over my head here, but I think that the filmmakers wanted to tell the audience that love really knows no genders, and that people, no matter what their age may be, are capable of love.