Come and See (Idi i smotri)

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As effectively anti-war as movies can be, Come and See is a harrowing odyssey through the worst that humanity is capable of, directed with bravura intensity by Elem Klimov.

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As seen through the eyes of teen-aged protagonist Alexei Kravchenko, the landscape of Byelorussia is devastated by the incursion of Nazi troops in 1943. The genocide perpetrated on the citizens of this region is almost secondary to the rape of the region itself. Despite his disillusionment with humanity, Florya (Kravchenko) emerges from his experiences vowing to survive no matter what comes -- and in so doing, personifies a resilience and dignity. Come and See, originally released as Idi i Smorti, was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 1985 Moscow Film Festival.

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  • Jun 21, 2018
    By forcing us to follow a series of unspeakable atrocities entirely from the point of view of a naive young boy, making us see what he sees and hear what he hears, this film becomes a horrific nightmare of filtered realism that shocks us even more due to the young actor's deranged performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2014
    This soviet war film was actually filmed and concentrated on my heritage land of Belarus, and while Come and See has an anti-war message this brought out a want of vengeance. This is thanks to the powerful imagery that brings out empathy and terror at the same time. Some of the scenes were truly brutal, my most powerful emotions were felt based on the images on the screen, and not in the overall sympathy for the protagonist. The film is often overwhelming in either violent scenes or darkly surreal moments, Glasha's monologue was really dark. Director Kilmov makes use of irony often, an injured foot getting blown off is a notable example. Much of what happens in Come and See is symbolic, the only use of the rifle (which is focused on during Florya's progression) is purely symbolic in an astonishing ending. It's understandable that this film will have it's biases but it shows the atrocities on both sides of World War II. Extremely powerful during the watching experience, but the feelings wore off fairly quick. Many films that are this harrowing rely on shocking images, Come and Seehas that but these have an important purpose in showing the sick nature and/or separation of a soldier at war.  3.5 stars+
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    A rare jewel from cinema history, a painful and unforgettable film, a classic by Elem Klimov; Come and See (Idi i Smotri) is a picture that everybody must see.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2010
    A harrowing film experience. A film you'll never forget no matter how hard you try.
    Alex H Super Reviewer

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