Let The Right One In AnalysisThe film, Let The Right One In uses camera, sound, editing and mise en scene to portray manydifferent connotationsThroughout the film lots of different types of camera shots have been used. The use of all thesecamera shots is to show the movement and story line of the film. Camera shots that have been usedsuch as high angles give the viewers an overlook on the scenery just like an establishing shot. Highangels can also be used to emphasise the size of a person or object making them seem small andpetite under someone else. The use of the high angle shows the person or objects below and makesthem become part of the wider picture. Two shots were used between the characters Oskar and Eliwhen they were having a conversation. The use of this camera shot is to create the sense as if wewere actually watching the conversation happening. Low angels are used in this film when Oskar isbeing beaten up, the effect of this shot it to make the bullies seem so much superior over Oskar.Low angles are normally found in action shots like this one, to cause confusion and to make theopponent seem powerless. Shot reverse shot is used during conversation, to see how each characterplays off their emotion to make it seem realistic and add to the reality of the film. Pans are usedthrough out the film to show the surrounding scenery, it helps the viewer place where they’re in thestory, from this it helps give a bigger picture of what’s going on. The only difference to a normalpan is that in this pan movement there isn’t an object that we are meant to be following. Close upshots that are used are to create the importance of an object of part, which will come clear later inthe story.To open the film a high establishing shot is used, the effect of this is to help the audience get a senseof the scenery and understand where the plot is going to happen. The ending of ‘Let The Right OneIn’ a closing wide shot reveals three dismembered bodies around the pool and Andreas the bully,sobbing on a bench. The film concludes with Oskar travelling on a train, with Eli beside him in abox to avoid the sunlight. There is a close up of the box that Eli is in as she types the word ‘kiss’ inmorse code.The height of the cameras contribute to the meaning of each scene just like the fight scene betweenOskar and Conny, the high angled camera is on Oskar making him seem vulnerable and weak whichhelps the audience sympathiser and connect with the character, there is a low angle shot on Connymaking him seem in power over Oskar, the power in this scene quickly changes between the twocharacters and Oskar finally stands up for him self and slices off Connys ear, this scene shows theimpact of power and how it can be shown, as now Oskar seem higher and more powerful whyConny seems weak.Camera movement is shown just before a big scene; it helps set the scene for where the murder orincident is going to happen. A pan is shown through a crowed pub, a busy classroom full of childrenand empty streets, the effect of this is to separate the different scenes as the movie is being played;it helps the movie move on making it easier to follow the story and creating tension for a climax inthe story.Framing is used to break up the story line between what Oskar and Eli between what they do asOskar is at school and Eli at night when she feeds on human’s blood, the framing shots used have avariety as it is a single shot which is just the camera running on one bit of scenery, it is a long lengthof time of just watching the scenery, the feel of this long take creates drama as you’re not surewhat’s going to happen next. During one scene where Eli’s dad kills a man, it is a very long camerarolling shot the use of this draws the audience in, it makes the situation seem awkward andconfusing as you don’t know whether you want to watch it or not.
There are many different viewpoints in this film we see from, Oskar is the main viewpoint, andeven though Oskar has the main viewpoint we rarely see it from his point of view. The use of thisspecific technique makes it seem as if we are peering into the movie rather than being in it.At the opening of the beginning of the film, there is a deathly silence, indicating to the audienceimmediately that something isn’t right, and that silence will actually be a key element in the soundused in ‘Let The Right One In.’ Interrupting this sound is a eerie humming, and the noise amplifiesbut the boy that is humming (Oskar) is the only noise the audience can actually hear, apart from thefoot prints being made on the snow as he is walking. I noticed this noise quite a lot through out thewhole film, simply because of where it’s set. The foot prints in the snow work really wellthroughout the film as it gives an indication to the audience whether or not someone else was in thescene, adding a more mysterious horror element and made tension, as you could normally hear thembefore actually seeing them.Sound is used to really enhance the film to the greatest extent and is used in different manners andways.During the first ‘murder’ the lack of noise is continuous through out, as you can mainly just hear thebreathing, and the rope, enabling the audience to focus on what was going on, and to feel thevictims terror. It was also effective because when Eli’s father figure cut’s the throat of the victim,it’s all you can hear with the blood pouring out. This is to disturb and disgust us, which worked.It is noticeable that barely any music was played through out the film, no songs with actual lyrics,there seemed a almost silence throughout the film, like something wasn’t being said. This couldrelate to at the start Oskar is cutting out murder articles from a newspaper and sticks it in to a scrapbook, that holds other articles, and images from murder cases. From a young age, as Oskar is only12 for him to be doing this and to be taking an interest in this would be quite worrying.When he is school in the toilet, there is a mysterious whisper calling his name, we don’t see whereit is coming from or why its there, the scene just carries on. The noise is amplified at the end of hisname. Through out the only music you could hear was gentle piano playing, used to fill up silencessuch as when he was travelling from one of his parents house to another parent.On the second murder, Eli is tricking a victim into coming close to her so that she can kill him forhis blood, when she pleads for help the noise echoes in the tunnel,and because you can’t see her thenoise is all the viewers have to focus on and to achieve a sense of what is going on. Then when yousee her attack the stranger, her sound is amplified so that again the element of gore is achieved byletting the audience hear her slobbering and eating, making the audience really repulsed. But thenbecause it has been amplified, the sound of her crying is louder, and this is because it is trying to tellthe audience how bad she feels and how disgusted she is at herself.The muffled shouts from her Dad through the wall worked well because it made us wonder fromOskar’s perspective, making the audience wonder more about the storyline and Eli’s character, andbecause of the muffled voices it draws the audience in and makes them feel like they’re sitting nextto Oskar listening at the wall too. The next morning, the birds tweeting away is almost ironic, as it’s
quite happy. Again the high pitched piano music starts playing, it’s positive happy music, it’sunnerving to hear it after what had happened the night before, but it then sounds more negative andchanges into a more minor chord.When Eli is at the hospital, eerie music starts playing, and this is clear that something bad is aboutto happen and gore is shown. But after this, when Eli & Oskar are in the room together, and aretalking about them ‘going steady’ when they hold hands the slow piano music starts to play again,representing a more positive outlook on things, and shows a hope for change for both Eli and Oskar.When Oskar is alone, he puts on some music, it’s quite odd as it is in Swedish, and we can’tunderstand it, and because it is on a old record player. It sounds pretty disturbing and slightlydistorted, which is typical horror type effects. The music just randomly stops when Eli and Oskarstart talking, it wasnt actually noticeable that it had stopped until a few seconds after. It was odd,how it didn’t just go quieter, but it just stopped, as if what they were saying was really important.(editing)The mise en scene throughout the film focuses on connoting certain aspects of its genre throughcolours, props and clothing.The film begins using very dark lighting and shadowing, in contrast with the white walls of Oskarsbedroom, the outside snow, and his pale skin that we see while he is unclothed. The contrast of thiscould connote vulnerability of the boy and those around him through the use of the colour, with theforeboding of events or dangers in the future through the use of the black, dark shadows.The clothing of Oskar the boy, while in his school is of a stripped with the colours white, brown,and blue and the use of this expresses the dullness and bleakness of his life while most of the otherchildren wear brighter clothes. The walls of the classroom are bare and white, the use of this andeffect on the audience is that it create a sense of institutionalism, this could represent the feeling thatOskar has of feeling trapped as we later see that he is bullied, at the end of the film he is forced tohold his breathe under water. The white snow of the open woodland scene in which we see the firstkilling contrasted with the dripping blood creates the sense of uneasiness as white connotes purityand the red blood, of danger. The colours white and red are used heavily against each otherthroughout the whole and it represents the relationship between Oskar and Eli in where Oskar isvulnerable and quite pure, Eli is dangerous, and brings this not only to Oskar in her presence but tothe rest of the town. After the killing as occurred two girls witness the hanging body in which theirdog has led them to. The girls are wearing brightly coloured clothes and this connotes their previousoblivion and naivety from what really happens in their town with the killings. When the girls Eli, isfist presented in the film we see her wearing a long white shirt and this again brings up the topic ofinstitutionalism. This is a topic that both Oskar and Eli have in relation, and they later identify withthis and use it to help each other, in each ones problems.Some humorous irony is used within the film and this is with the name of the local café of the townwhich is seen sometimes throughout the film. The café is called Sun Palace which is contrastedwith the reality, as we see everything snowed over in the town. This connotes the fact that thevampires are sensitive to sunlight and could represent the majority of the people in the town justbeing human. The use of this name is almost used as a warning to the vampires that it is human
territory.During the film Oskar gives Eli his rubix cube, which has not been completed but has one sidewhite. The use of this is to show the colour that Oskar wants to give to Eli to put into her life andthe white side shows that he is able to empathize with her in the sense of feeling trapped in yourproblems. Later we see Eli stroking Oskars pale skin, and this represents Elis feeling of it beingsomething sensitive and fragile as its colouring connotes his vulnerability and purity. While Oskarsclass go on a trip we see the teacher with the shining bright sun behind him, even in the completelysnowy scene, but he later steps forward and blocks it with his head. This connotes the vampires andtheir inability to look at the sun, and the teacher blocking it represents Oskars protection to Eli ashe is shown through the white of the snow. When Oskar takes Eli to this a place that he knows, wesee that she is wearing pink, and this is contrasted from the first time the audience saw her. The useof this shows their friendship and relationship blossoming, and this reminds us of before whenOskar gave her the rubix cube and the possible affect that it has had on her.Throughout most of the film having seen the colours white and red as being quite significant, whenthe audience see the female character, Virginia wearing a red coat, skirt and boots we immediatelysee that she is an obvious target and is at great danger and a sense of foreboding is created as welater see her attacked. This character however has it the worst of and he friend saves her from theattack the audience see her through the side effects that she has to endure through the bite and thisemphasizes the great importance of the colours in the mise en scene of this film and the significanceof the colour red.