Go and see it before the Hollywood re-make.
One of my favourite elements of it remains that the twelve-year old vampire, Eli, is very much not Anne Rice's Claudia, but more Peter Pan. She has been twelve "for a very long time" but is still a child, not an old mind in a small body. In the novel she remarks that she doesn't understand why this is, and the protagonist, Oskar, has a marvellous response that perhaps this is because she is twelve, and thus has a kid's brain that can't understand this sort of thing (which answer also shows why Under Plum Lake was never a children's book). I really like the vampire mythology of the novel (it isn't explicitly in the film, and doesn't need to be although some of it comes across), which is non-Stokerish and coherent both in its terms and in its interaction with the rest of the world.
*There should be more two hour films. There should be more 90 minute ones.
**Something which the foreign viewer might just say about the 1980s setting in the film, though not the book.
Finally, I don't really understand Dreamwidth - it is the annoying way of things that the very basic explanations happen at a point when you ignore them because they don't seem important yet - and thus I managed to miss all the hand-outs to free accounts. But if anyone has spares going, I'd be grateful.