Come and See (Idi i smotri)

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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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Critic Reviews for Come and See (Idi i smotri)

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I have rarely seen a film more ruthless in its depiction of human evil.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge.

Oct 15, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 15, 2007

A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Come and See (Idi i smotri)

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Martins
Lucas Martins

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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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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