Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cine Stills: Let The Right One In

I saw Tomas Alfredson's Swedish vampire masterpiece Let The Right One In last night. I can safely say it was one of the best films I've seen all year, easily rivaling Man On Wire, Tell No One and Mister Lonely in overall brilliance. Alfredson has created a unique film of incredible stylistic breadth and emotion. Amalgamating genres as diverse as horror, thriller, romance, coming of age tale and, at times, comedy, Let The Right One In is a complex film that subverts the stereotypes typically associated with the genre. The film's beautifully wistful and haunting cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema greatly enhances Alfredson's vision and establishes him as an important voice in contemporary cinema.

Do yourself a favor and go see this film. If you are an American viewer, however, Let The Right One In will reinforce that the vast majority of innovative film is being produced outside the United States.

Still from Let The Right One In, 2008. (dir. Tomas Alfredson, cine. Hoyte Van Hoytema)