This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
Ahh, this is my favorite installment of the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE franchise!
In all seriousness though, as disturbing and depraved as this gets, it is a true masterwork of filmmaking. So many scenes, such as the children wading through mud over an abstract sound mix, or the way Hitler is constructed out of a skeleton only to later be deconstructed through photographs and footage played in reverse, or the wrinkles that build on Flyora's face throughout the film...all of this gives the horrific things we see a surrealist edge. And by the way, what a face! That kid has one of the best faces in the history of cinema! The film is one long hallucination that is beautifully operatic.
Schindler's List by way of David Lynch (see: pretty Nazi lady eating lobster while a farmhouse full of people burns). Gets arty as fuck, then arty and brutal as fuck, then just brutal as fuck.
the most brutal ww2 film ever made and a surreal masterpiece. great acting, the set designs are god tier and god damn it the scenes of the raid of the village are some of the best war film scenes ever made
also the best anti-nazi film ever made holy fuck
The first half was good but bizzare. The second half was a masterpiece.
This is both one of the most harrowing and one of the greatest films I have ever seen. Anti-war films portrayed through the perspective of a child or young person seem to be incredibly effective, e.g. Grave of the Fireflies or Empire of the Sun. However, what Come and See has over these similar films is how it refuses to shy away from the realities and grim nature of war.
The film follows Florya, a young teenager within rural Belarus who loses everything meaningful in his life. His family, almost his hearing, his control of his sanity? The film follows Florya travelling throughout Belarus as he attempts to flee the WWII atrocities only to be met by power-drunk Nazi officers.…
I've watched this twice now so I am definitely convinced that repeated viewings will not make this any less harrowing, terrifying, and nightmarish. Don't let the title of the movie fool you because this is indeed filmmaking at its most brutal while still being able to be artistically justifiable and even a tiny bit appealing even if it's just for a little bit. Excessive violence and cruelty is what we are dealing with here though so this is definitely not for everyone. It is highly depressive and really gets to the point in showing us the inhumanity that we inflict on our fellow humans. It is realism of the most extreme kind. Starts innocently enough as the boy finds a…
Preconceptions: the Belarusian selection for my World in Cinema Challenge. Not an entirely Belrusian production, but I'm bending the rules because 1. the film is readily available, and 2. the film is widely acclaimed, considered a classic, and already on my watchlist.
Reaction: way too late to write anything deep about this, but...wow. This is easily the least compromising war film I've ever seen, and possibly the best. Visually, it reminded me of Children of Men, with its brutal action long takes, but it's made that bit more powerful in its basis in reality. The central performance by Aleksei Kravchenko is unbelievable, both in its consistency and in his willingness to do almost any physical challenge for the sake of…
Scavenger Hunt - May 2016 | Film #6
Task #24: Any film from Roger Ebert's 'Great Movies' list
"И когда Он снял четвертую печать, я слышал голос четвертого животного, говорящий: иди и смотри. И я взглянул, и вот, конь бледный, и на нем всадник, которому имя "смерть"; и ад следовал за ним;"
I don't like Soviet movies. As a kid I used to hate them, they all seemed boring and predictable; comedies - blant, romance - sappy, crime - lacking in action. This one wasn't an exception.
I went through some reviews on here and everyone's talking about how shocking this film is. Considering most of the people on Letterboxd are Americans, or from the so-called English speaking world,…
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)