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Come and See ( Idi i smotri ) (1987) Movie Information

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Drama, War





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Elem Klimov


Aleksei Kravchenko
Olga Mironova
Liubomiras Lauciavicius
Vladas Bagdonas
Juris Lumiste
Viktor Lorents





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A boy is unwillingly thrust into the atrocities of war in WWII Byelorussia, fighting for a hopelessly unequipped resistance movement against the ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and accidentally surviving horrifying situations he loses his innocence and then his mind.

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Moviehead 03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Biggest problem with this film is main actor, i just couldnt stand him, he was so unconvincing, awful actor. Another problem is that it could have been much better, it has its moments, but to make ww2 film in russia, surrealistic, i was expecting much more. However it is better than usual ww2 films and some moments are very very intense, but that is just when there is no that awful actor.

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mitchellyoung 03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Come and See assaults the senses in a way that is not easily forgotten. The film unflinchingly portrays a unique perspective of the horrors of World War II - through the eyes of a Russian youth. The film's constant use of characters breaking the fourth wall by staring directly into or addressing the camera adds to the often uncomfortable feeling the film creates. The psychological horror is captured in dreamlike quality and the climactic village assault by the Nazis is difficult to watch. Not a fun film to watch, but an important one.

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goodfellamike 09/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A hard-hitting and challenging drama of war's effect on the youth (as the main character demonstrates by seeming to age 20 years in the process). It's grim, uncompromising, but also repetitive and slow. Final Grade: B+

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05/30/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

as with a voice of thunder, "Come and see!"

Come and See takes its title from an oft-repeated line in the Book Of Revelation and relates to the oncoming apocalypse.
The movie deals with Germanys occupation of Byelorussia (Belarus) during the Second World War and the devastating loss of life inflicted by Hitler's SS.
Other realistic war films almost pale into insignificance when compared with Come and See.
It has a raw brutality that is unflinching and emotionally draining.
Lead actor Aleksei Kravchenkos performance is mesmerising and vivid and the atrocities depicted in the movie are gruesome, unrelenting and disturbing even when some scenes become surreal and intimate.
Propaganda of the highest level (made at the height of the Cold war) but incredibly effective all the same.
Director Elem Klimov (who died in 2003) never made...

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