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…
I expected more shocking experience when read the reviews before watching the film. I was surprised how the film concentrated more on human emotions than actual violence and horrors of war - in fact, I should be thankful that the film events didn't horrify me that much.
I'm not saying the movie is not horrifying, because that it is. The film portrayed the pain in great way. I'm not fan of the slow style, but it is effective in this case. Despite not being my cup of tea, 'Come and See' is a great war film as it is and for once from the point of view of the Russians.
Sort of like being stuck in a nightmare. It'll basically fuck up your whole week.
Please do not watch this film
I watched this film by accident; as a policy I steer clear of war movies, preferring the drama of peacetime life. But as war movies go this one is a competent and moving example, which succeeds in giving the viewer a feeling of being involved.
Director Elem Klimov's commando style of directing - placing his 14-year old star in the path of live ammunition - gives much of the film an amateurish feel which heightens the palm-sweating realism à la Blair Witch. But plenty of the rest of the film shows that he has both the skill and the resources to create scenes on a grand scale, in terms of pyrotechnics and man-power.
And then there's that ending. There's plenty to say about it, whether its shallow propaganda or a deep moral lesson. But it's fun to let everyone discover it on their own.
What a masterpiece of tone and horror. THIS is how you use a soundtrack. This also adds to the evidence that no one makes a better war film than Russia (see also: The Ascent, The Cranes are Flying, etc.)
This film is so sad, depressing and probably very true. Ruined my mood, but then again film about the horrors of war should be seen, so that it wouldn't happen EVER again! I hope that I don't have to live through things similar to those portrayed there. Live in peace, please!
No idea how I'd never heard of this film until very recently, but it's absolutely amazing. Apocalypse Now remains my favourite war film, but this one's a close second.