In the movie Let the Right One In directed by Tomas Alfredson is about an unlikely duo between a young boy and young vampire girl. In the beginning of the film we see how Oskar, the outside character, is bullied and picked on for being small and smart. He seems to not have many friends and is socially excluded by his classmates. Later on Oskar meets the young vampire, Eli and she teaches him to stand up for himself which later results the bully to end up with a bloody ear and a trip to the hospital (Go Oskar!). Alfredson uses vampires by pairing Eli and Oskar together, two socially excluded beings, and making them care for one-another. Instead of demonizing them he shows how caring they are towards each other. An example of this is when Eli shows Oskar how to solve the Rubik’s Cube, when she tells him to fight back, and most importantly when she saves him from Jimmy and Conny at the pool. Eli also shows compassion for her victim, Jocke, after she feeds on him and then cried knowing that was her only way of survival. Oskar continuously empathizes with Eli throughout the movie. He understands how hard life is for her because in a sense he has also been socially excluded. They make each other stronger and rely on one another. Even though Oskar knows what Eli is and what she has to do to stay alive, he still accepts her for who she is. For instance, when Eli says, “Be me for a little while” she is trying to have Oskar realize what it would be like if he were in her shoes and he understands. Eli and Oskar have an incredible bond. I admire both of these characters willingness of friendship and acceptance in one another and I believe everyone can learn from this film.
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