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Come and See
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.
Jesus Christ. On second thought, let's not send 13 year olds to war.
This is one of the most powerful war films I've ever seen. I've had a pretty great upbringing thus far in life and I've never personally experienced an atrocity so it's hard to relate or make judgements on how this compares to the real thing. Some movies do a good job of capturing what war can be like. From what I read, films like Saving Private Ryan, Jarhead, Black Hawk Down (in parts), Apocalypse Now, have some scenes that ring true with veterans. This movie is uncomparable to those in more ways than one. This movie sets a new standard in making war seem like hell. A…
Come and See is a film I find almost impossible to review. Describing watching a film as an 'experience' often detracts from the quality of the piece, but going by the profound effect the film had on me I really feel no other word can do it justice.
World War 2 films often seem to fall victim to Hollywood romanticism and sensationalism and while that certainly has some appeal, I always prefer my war films on the grimmer side. Grim and bleak is something the Russians do really well and combined with the atrocities that occurred during WW2 in Belarus, what we are presented with is one of the most disturbing and confrontational studies of the devastating effects of war…
One of the more upsetting experiences I've had in a long time, and a true document of evil so disturbing, only human beings could fathom such horror. The fact everything on screen actually occurred on my planet is proof we're doomed as a species...eventually, maybe not in our lifetime.
"And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him."
And hell followed. If there is one film that portrays hell most accurately, this is it. Smoke and blood and fire, where devils wear uniforms, cheering around a bonfire of human corpse, certainly not a place for a snot nosed kid like Florya. Ah, but the boy was still so naive, believed that the "war" was calling for him. Hence he picked up a rifle and marched towards it, or so he thought. Little did he know, it…
A soul shattering look at the war through the eyes of a young boy Florya Gaishun whom would soon see his innocence ripped to shreds before his very eyes and leave him a shattered shell of his former self!
The audience bearing witness to the horrible atrocities and complete and utter devastation does not walk away unscathed!
Aleksey Kravchenko performance was so incredibly real, so powerful it left a lasting mark!
June Scavenger: 27/30
#26. A film from the year you were born.
Seems to happen in real-time. Has the same psychotic energy as "On the Silver Globe" but applied to highly realistic wartime hell. It's hard to see innocence decimated so mercilessly. Gave me the willies.
There is some films that you see once that remain long in the memory and and no other film portrays the horrors of war quite like Come and See, with director Klimov bringing us a projection of evil that we've heard of but not quite seen in all it's horrific detail like it does here through the eyes of a young kid named Flyora and we witness his innocence deteriorate one horrific event after the other and begins to lose his sanity. There's even horrors that Flyora doesn't see that someone else gets a glimpse of, such as he returns to his family village accompanied by a young girl he meets named Glasha and as they leave unable to find…
I'm not very familiar with Russian cinema, so some of the stylistic and pacing decisions seemed a bit odd from my personal perspective. That said, Come And See is incredibly bleak, portraying the horrors of war in a way that I haven't seen before in film. Nothing seems romanticized -- everything that takes place is simply awful, and there is no way to escape it.
A surreal, harrowing onslaught of a film. So well made. The central performance is excellent. I need to watch something happy after that.
I may have become desensitized to the brutality of war films, because while this film undeniably depicts the horror and chaos of war, through the eyes of a child no less, and features some unique sequences, I still felt a certain level of ho-hum, I've seen this before, look at how horrible humans are to each other. Or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for it, but I acknowledge what it's doing and think the performance from Aleksey Kravchenko is pretty spectacular, and people should definitely seek it out.
Grim, bleak and brutal.
I can't say that I was moved by anything past the first hour but after the first hour the film becomes increasingly formalist in approach and is more successful in portraying the atrocities as it sees them as live events rather than something resembling archival footage (which is how many war films usually present these types of negative happenings). Because of this I enjoyed the film more than anything else and I hesitate to call it a success (for my viewing experience, not the film itself) because I didn't feel any conflict in enjoying the film. It's painful to see that this was the only performance of Olga Mironova because she is extraordinary; Aleksei Kravchenko is also great in the lead role. 7.7/10.
This is a great movie to throw on when you feel like taking a nap and not watching a movie.
One of the most powerful WWII films I’ve seen. It mastered the pain and desperation so well. The lead actor’s performance was great, and the close up shots of characters looking directly into the camera really got to me. You could see the emotion they were going through. I’m all for irreverent humor, but this is the kind of film that truly makes you feel bad about all the Nazi and Jew jokes you’ve made in the past. It also takes you to a place you don’t usually see. A kid who joins the soviet army, doesn’t get put into much action, but then is just taken in by the chaos and hell of the war. The explosions were great, and it scared me how close the people were to them. They also used live ammunition. It felt so real, it made me sick at times.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…