This 2008 Swedish movie was one I’d heard people referring to, but never considered what it was really about. The name made it sound like some kind of independent film about relationships. Well, it kind of is…and it’s kind of not.
Believe it or not, this is a Swedish vampire movie. I didn’t think there was anything about vampire movies that could move me anymore. Been there. Done that. Not true anymore. Apparently, my Swedish relatives are very good at storytelling. The movie is done in the Swedish language with subtitles, but don’t let it put you off at all. Their language sounds as if you can understand it and many of their words correlate with ours so it feels like an English-speaking film in a spooky kind of way.
The setting is amazing amongst months of snow and snow and then more endless snow. The perfect backdrop for a housing tenement with a vampire issue. My father described his similar Norwegian childhood and the winters as being very stark, very bleak, and very long. Yeah, it really is. The director used this kind of hopeless weather to his advantage in putting across his message.
This movie has a twist on vampire stories like none I’ve ever seen. There’s great humanity in it and the characters are so well developed that you can’t help but be caught up in their story. At times, the fact that it’s about vampires was forgotten. It was really a story about doing what you have to do to survive and hopefully finding someone to share the journey with.
I suppose if I had to classify this fantastic award-winning film, I’d probably call it an adolescent vampire story. I can guarantee you haven’t seen something quite like this before and it’s absolutely worth the watch. I caught it on instant watch on Netflix and I was so riveted, I wouldn’t even pause it to use the restroom.
Definitely give this a watch. This movie is unbelievably surprising. If you liked “30 Days of Night,” “The Thing,” or even the remake of “Halloween” by Rob Zombie, you’ll like this. It isn’t a graphic and horrifying on-the-edge-of-your seat kind of film, but it’s very disturbing, very unsettling, and very strangely beautiful and emotionally sensitive.
I promise you’ll walk away from it looking at the horror genre in a new light.