Eli (Lina Leandersson), of the Swedish hit Let the Right One In., is another vampire who gains sympathy just by being a little girl. At first, she even seems like a good friend to a fellow outcast child, the bullied boy Oskar (Kare Hedebrant). But of course, she’s as deadly as any other vampire. Plus, she keeps a mortal, full-grown man, Hakan, in her thrall to serve her bloodthirsty needs, and he’ll go to any self-sacrificing length to do so.
The bond between Oskar and Eli is both sweet and horrifying. (Watch the scene where she shows Oskar how much she trusts him by demonstrating the gruesome consequences for a vampire who tries to enter a dwelling without permission.) She helps him find strength, but with lethal results that indicate she’s grooming him to become the next Hakan, and probably not the last. Chloe Grace Moretz did a decent job with the same role in the American version, Let Me In, but for a performance of truly deep sorrow and creepiness, stick with the Swedish original.
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