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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.
I watched this for Round 2 of the Tournament of Sadness: www.carnegielibrary.org/tournament-sadness-round-2/
Things you will encounter in this film: mud, limbs, the horrors of war.
This is easily the most devastating and unique war movie I’ve ever seen. It completely peels away the glamour and excitement of war, as there are no heroics or arguments for nationalistic pride on offer here.
The story takes the point of view of a young man, Florya, who is eager to join the Soviet resistance movement and fight back against German forces, even though he is barely thirteen. He has childlike ambitions of becoming a war hero and is enamored of his fellow, elder troops. His optimism is soon squashed when he’s left behind…
>>>>>Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, etc.
Devastating. A cold, powerful film.
A 2-hour drive & no play makes Dante a dull boy.
I probably should've looked into this film a bit more before watching b/c I don't think I've been this disturbed in awhile. Very well done, having some truly epic scenes but holy shit was not prepared for this experience 😳
40 minutes in: this isn't that horrific, maybe its reputation is exaggerated
90 minutes later: ...oh
Florya se ve constantemente arrastrado (casi siempre de forma literal) por situaciones y trombas de personas que no entiende. Al final, cuando comprende, comprende más de lo que nos gustaría.
Una semana de mierda te puede joder la vida.
Well, that was one of the most fucked up things I've ever watched in my whole life. Truly shocking and horrific. The first art house horror film set in World War 2.
Reminded me of something we would have watched in school. Had our schools had balls.
This one is gonna stay with me for a long time. Where the Hell is my Criterion Blu-ray release?
Life is sacred.
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