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Come and See (1985)

Cast: Alexei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, more...
Director: Elem Klimov
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Russia, Coming of Age , War, WWII
Running Time: 142 min.
Languages: English, Russian, Arabic
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Russian
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This title is currently out of print.

A rare look at World War II from the Soviet side, Come and See is based on the real-life experiences of Ales Adamovich, who fought with Russian partisans in Belarus in 1943, when the Nazis systematically torched over 600 villages and slaughtered their inhabitants. Adamovich and director Elem Klimov co-authored the screenplay, which shows the horrors through the eyes of a 13-year-old peasant boy named Florya (Alexei Kravchenko). Over his single mother's protests, he joins the partisans, but they leave him behind in their camp when they set off to fight the Germans. Glascha (Olga Mironova), a lovely young girl, befriends him, but the two are caught in the midst of an air raid which leaves Florya nearly deaf. Now utterly frightened, Florya and Glascha return to his village to find it in ruins, and, in one of the film's many harrowing scenes, they wade through a swamp to locate the survivors. Now committed to seek vengeance for the death of his mother and neighbors, Florya returns to the front, but finds himself in a village that's right in the path of the Nazi firestorm. A band of partisans arrive too late to save the village but in time to capture and mete out justice to several of the Nazi officers. Awarded the Grand Prix at the 1985 Moscow Film Festival, Come and See is notable as an honest and unflinching portrait of one of the darker chapters among many in the history of the World War II. ~ Tom Wiener, All Movie Guide

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If Only Everyone Had to Watch This Film by jmwagner66 January 14, 2012 - 9:38 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is fantastic. I watch many many films dealing with war and this is different. This is realistic. I watched this shortly after viewing "A Woman in Berlin" and wish that before going to war, declaring war or any like action, people had to talk to veterans, victims, survivors and watch these films.

This film shows the Belorussian view of things. A young teen leaves his parents (not a single mother as the synopsis claims), to join the resistance. This film is based on the experiences of a real person who joined the resistance and what he saw, lived through, did, and what was done to him. It is harrowing. There are no redeeming moments. Things are ugly. People suffer. People act in inhumane ways. Others try to keep their humanity. Flory, the main character, starts out as an innocent farm boy and within days of joining up it is clear he will never be the same.

The film is best viewed in silence, no eating, no chatter. It commands full attention. Unlike most war films. This one does not introduce an amazing hero, a victim who believes in the inherent goodness of all humanity despite it all, or any other character you've seen in so many other films. In this film, it is just a young boy who joins the resistance and what he experiences. That is more than all the rest.

There is an interesting statement accompanying the film. A statement by Sean Penn. He says his father called him when this film was showing in LA and told him to go see it. His father was a veteran and felt that this film alone showed war as it is.

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(Average 8.37)
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