Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Come and See
A boy is unwillingly thrust into the atrocities of war in WWII Byelorussia, fighting for a hopelessly unequipped resistance movement against the ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and accidentally surviving horrifying situations he loses his innocence and then his mind.
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.
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…
It feels very awkward writing a review on the notorious Come and See while listening to the theme song from My Neighbor Totoro but I'll give it a go anyway.
Harrowing, Tormenting, Agonizing. There are many adjectives one can use to attempt to describe this film but none of them seem to do it justice. In another review (Steven Jordan's) the word Nightmarish is used and I think it's probably the one that gets closest to the relentless terror that is on-screen and the interesting thing about this is that it implies something of the supernatural happening here, but the true reason why it feels like one of the worst nightmares I've ever had is that the events depicted actually…
Come and See is undoubtedly the most heartbreaking film I've ever watched, with a really powerful and mesmerizing performance by actor Aleksey Kravchenko, who portrays Florya Gaishun, a young Belorussian boy that faces the atrocities of WWII. There are some very disturbing and graphic scenes, but what makes this such a devastating experience is how director Elem Klimov captures the gradual loss of innocence of this boy and his descent to insanity due to these horrendous acts of violence. Aleksey's facial expressions and gestures truly demonstrate his character's total despair in later portions of the film in a very moving way, but you also see him excited and anxious to join the Soviet resistance movement in the beginning of the…
What's the point of even watching another war film when this one is so searingly embedded all over my skin? As far as I'm concerned, no other cinematic work has been able to depict such grueling and unrelenting savagery in its elaborate detail. Klimov creates an emotional landscape which left me so wrought with sorrow, yet his surrealist elements were just as intense, foreboding and extremely euphoric. I felt right there with Florya and my senses were traumatically assaulted.
Compelled by patriotism and youthful idealism, the child leaves home to join a partisan unit during the Nazi occupation of Belarus in WWII. Within minutes his innocence is stripped away and the premature knowledge of war is revealed to him. Successive…
After a run of endearing disney pixar films, I figured the best way to get down on earth again would be the most brutal and cruel war movie of all time. It seemed like such a brilliant idea.
The year is 1943. The Nazi's have a firm grasp of Eastern-Europe after operation Barbossa two years prior. One of the territories under German occupation was Belarus. The young teenager Flyora is a russian from the region, whom decides to join the Soviet partisan forces in order to defend his motherland.
But Flyora couldn't possibly have imagined the horrors of war that he would have to face. Because few areas got raped and destroyed as utterly as Belarus. When the german army…
Despite itself, Come and See seems less eventful everytime I see it, but even more mysterious. It is crafted by mastermen to tell the ultimate tale of human depravity. It does so without gratuitous depictions of violence. It would rather swallow the viewer in ambient noise (an eternal droning sound I took as the omnipresent, unknowable airplane that is always overheard, is beyond unnerving) and dreamlike imagery. The use of the human face to express misery and incomprehensible pain is unriveled except by maybe The Passion of Joan of Arc. This is a truly grating experience - very unpleasant- and yet very real. War films that take on the atrocity of warfare more head on pale in comparison to Come…
This movie is like the band Dream Theater. I understand that they're doing some important virtuoso shit, but I don't really care.
I had been wanting to for years, and I finally saw Come and See. It was different than I expected in many ways. I'll need some time to form a clearer opinion, and I'll hopefully get a decent review up sometime soon.
I really liked it.
I have seen 1950 movies and I can honestly say that none of them have haunted me, kept me up at night, or made me think about the cruelty that can exist in man more than Come and See.
The lead actor was 14 when they were filming and the stress of filming, not to mention the use of live ammo caused him to have gray hair by end of the movie and after watching this for the first time, I sprouted a few gray hairs myself. The movie is intense and will you make you fear war and man more than anything you will see on a screen.
An astonishing motion picture. You will remember EVERY FRAME of the last 40 minutes.
Although visually entrancing and well acted, Come and See isn't nearly as great as people make it out to be in my opinion. I never got connected with any of the characters, and the film was way longer than it needed to be. If a good half an hour was shaved off of this movie, I may have been able to recommend the film.
Is this a dark, twisted coming of age film? Because the naïve, innocent protagonist kid does go through tremendous character development, and one that you desperately wish didn't happen. From an eager soldier he becomes a haunted survivor. And that final scene only confirms the complete annihilation of his innocence.. or does it?
I loved how Come and See was double-edged in the sense that it presented the acute horrors of war while always staying in touch with the humanity of its victims. And it's truly amazing that despite visions of such gut-wrenching violence and extreme atrocities, it manages to never desensitize its viewer.
Elem Klimov constantly employs a technique where the characters look into the camera, especially during emotionally…
Well, there goes my good vibe on this Saturday night. But okay, it is a marvelous film dealing with heavy issues. War movies are never fun but this one depicts the madness and the loss of peace and innocence of this little village just perfectly. I have been waiting to see this on bluray in ages, it was totally worth it.
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