Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985)
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Critic Reviews for Come and See (Idi i smotri)
I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge.
Come and See, the last and most notable film made by the former Soviet director Elem Klimov, is another fusion of popular and vanguard styles, albeit put to more civic-minded use.
A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.
Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension.
Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Audience Reviews for Come and See (Idi i smotri)
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.
It's another war film about the victims, but shot with a lot of style, as if it was an operatic nightmare. While the movie starts exploring the character of Florya. the entire second half is nazis killing russians, with a revenge fantasy playing at the end. As a war film it is a crude and direct portrayal of the atrocities of war, but it leaves not much room for anything else, including it's characters.
I don't recall ever seeing a more powerful anti-war film. The transformation of Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) from an innocent boy into a battle-hardened soldier is something that must be witnessed in order to be fully appreciated.
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