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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.
Just absolutely fucking brutal. Extremely powerful and incredibly upsetting. Ugh, just soul crushing. Where do I go after this? What do I do?
I HAD TO STOP EATING MY PIZZA BECAUSE OF THIS MOVIE!!
If there is a more intense and disturbing, less heroic and sentimental narrative film about war, I have not seen it. Yet, alongside the depthless horror and depravity on display, there is lyricism, genius and surreal beauty, too. A masterpiece.
"And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living being 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 power was given unto them over a fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
Revelation 6: 7-8
Day 209 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 30: Comrade Comrade
In honour of Vladimir Lenin's 146th birthday.
For years this startling poster has plagued me. Finally daring to be curious enough to see a film I knew only through whispers, Come and See has left me essentially without words.
Florya (Aleksey Kravchenko) is a thirteen-year-old boy with aspirations of joining Soviet Partisan forces in Belorussia during the second world war. Digging with a friend for guns, Florya comes across an old rifle and is soon whisked away to the partisan camp. Left behind to guard the camp while the Partisan forces continue their efforts. Florya is forced to run with Glasha (Olga Mironova) when the…
Knocking one off the watchlist. Come And See is yet another terrific Russian film about the inhumanity of war. Jarring moments of poetry, with occasional shots directly on characters staring back at the camera, catch the audience off guard, but become a perfect means of establishing the final few minutes, which rank among the best in film, and posit a harrowing truth that in the days after watching, only grows more and more right and correct.
Most horrifying film ever. Period.
I used to believe that truly reprehensible acts of violence are too extreme to be accurately depicted on film. Come and See proved me wrong.
Can someone explain the origin of the bizarre and beautiful cover art for this?
Can someone explain why this has seemingly never been released on Blu-ray anywhere in the world?
This film is jarring because it renders a lot of humanity unrecognizable, and yet makes my stomach drop with dreadful familiarity.
Almost unbearable to watch. Absolutely essential to see.
This is a horror movie, horrifying in the sense that the atrocities presented in this film really were committed by human beings to other human beings.
Deeply unsettling and unforgettable.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…