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Come and See
The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya (Alexei Kravchenko) into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha (Olga Mironova), who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.
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…
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…
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…
Elem Klimov's Come and See is beautiful, bold, brilliant, and uniformly stunning in just about every regard. It is also horrifying, terrifying, sickening, and utterly appalling. This tour de force of a film can be labeled and described endlessly, but nothing prepares you for the experience of being dragged through the foul depths of depravity. Above all else, Come and See is necessary and essential. It must be seen at least once in your lifetime.
A war film from the point of view of those who suffer the most: the civilians. A kid goes and joins the partisans because it's the right thing to do, but he very quickly learns that war is hell.
Possibly one of the only war films to use minimal blood and gore and effectively portray the indiscriminate violence and destruction and horror of war. And the horror of survival.
Whenever I take movie recommendations from Fred I always end up seeing an extremely crazy intense film. I love this film though.
At first, I thought this is going to be some better shot and produced version of "Sundalong Kanin" where you see the innocent youth having ambitions of joining the war, but eventually disillusioned by the reality of violence and the complexity of war. We do get some of that, but as it goes on, it went full horror, depicting the tragedy of the holocaust. While some people may clamor about what the exact plot is, the film is more atmosphere driven than it is plot, lingering at every horrifying moment. We already know the history of WW2, this just movie takes us to experience it through the eyes of this kid.
This film will be stuck in my head for a while. It's that powerfully haunting.
This is terrifying.
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I have never seen such a blatant propaganda movie. I don't really know where to start exactly. So, first of all, there is no real plot whatsoever, the movie is just plain boring eventhough it should not supposed to be fun. Yes, I get it people have suffered, German Army was brutal but the atrocities that are pictured in this movie are such nonsense. It is simply overdramatized. The burning and bombing of the barn scene was hilarious. Considering the supply problem of the German Army, that scene makes zero sense.
If they cared about making an objective World War II movie, maybe they should show some of the Soviet atrocities as well as prisoner camps and try to explain why did Soviet Union did not sign the Geneva Convention.
And somewhere near at the end, Communists call Germans as fascists, I am speechless hahaha.
What can I say about a movie that breaks you to the core.
The movie starts with two boys digging in sand looking for abandoned rifles in order to join the army and fight in war. Flyora, one of the boys finds a rifle and soon in enlisted in the force doing small tasks.
But he is left behind by their commander. Disappointed by this Flyora starts to walk in the forest where he meets a girl Glasha with whom he spends a few days and returns to his village where something horrific has happened which changes is whole course of life.
Come and See starts with with the basic structure of many war films. For 20 to 30 minutes…
When reviewing a war film, an important trait is bringing something new to the table, something that hasn't been talked about. Come and See definitely brings it in its horrifying glory.
Florya, our young protagonist, joins the partisan resistance against the German invaders during world war 2 against the wishes of his parents. What follows is the disturbing loss of innocence and humanity of our main character, along with the showdown of the sadistic side of man during war. Just thinking of the village scene brings tears of horror to my eyes. The camera shots of faces that is, is the main driving force of said character arc. We see how the look of the eyes of Florya…
An absolutely devastating and terrifying war film that is unlike any film of that genre told with such horror and dreariness by Elem Klimov as it follows the world of a young man who starts out as an idealist thinking he will do great in battle only to come with the darkest form of realities about war as it is a must-see for anyone that wants to understand the idea of war at its most inhuman.
In alphabetical order; I'm not a fan of every film that's listed here but, even if I'm not a fan…