Come and See (1985)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 64

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AKA: Idi I Smotri
Directed by: Elem Klimov
Starring: Aleksey Kravchenko (Gaishun), Olga Mironova (Glasha)
Country: Soviet Union, European Cinema
Language: Belarusian, Russian (English subtitles)
Runtime: 02:22:25
Genres: Based on a True Story, Military, Nazism, Teen-oriented, Violence Against Animals, Racism

Plot – Spoilers:
A couple of Belarusian kids hope to join the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of WW2. But for this they need guns. They find one buried in the sand and the next day one of them, Gaishun is recruited by the Resistance. Gaishun is thrilled at the prospect of taking on the Nazis and spends the day with a beaming smile that is in contrast to the jaded, weary faces of his older comrades.

But before Gaishun can earn his stripes, the village is bombed and he is left to wander the desolate countryside accompanied by a young girl Glasha who had been rescued by the Resistance.

From the naive thrill of fighting for his land, Gaishun is soon battered into an unstable pulp of fear, insanity and guilt by the realities of war. Guilt because it is suggested the Nazis noticed him digging up guns and so bombed his village.

Come and See is replete with grand scenes that defy conventional depictions of fighting and war.

Favorite Scene:
The one with the cow during a bleak dusk lit up by flares and gunfire.

7 thoughts on “Come and See (1985)

  • June 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    This movie is astonishing !!
    I was so surprised when I saw it, the story is heartbreaking (obviously, it’s set in WW2 duh), the performance of the actors is really great, especially Gaishun/Florya’s !!
    Sure, the pace is ,,,, heh, boring/kinda slow, but if you hang in there, there really are beautiful shots/scenes.
    The end is just (wow) incredibly sad (for me), ’cause you know what happened in this movie happened irl.
    But yeah, it’s a pretty good movie, recommand !! >:^]

  • July 19, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I came here for a youtube video because they was saying is the most sacariest movie ever made … but in my opinion is not the most easy movie to watch but is a heartbreaking painful but beautiful movie
    have beautiful photography the landscape where the shot was filmed they are really pretty in like naturalistic kind of way almost like dogma type of movie in one scene you can almost seen the light was changing this movie almost reminded me a little bit the Ivan childhood of Tarkovsky I can see the similituded both of the movie the context is the war both of the movie the kid is the principal character so far the kid actor is pretty good and the girl to but if you ask me i still prefer tarksvosky I am agree the sometimes have bizarre shots but in a weird way work in the style of the movie

  • August 6, 2020 at 7:04 am

    One of the best movies ever made.

  • December 12, 2020 at 6:37 am

    A flat-out masterpiece, harrowing and unforgettable. With both documentary-like immediacy and terrifying surrealism, you are traveling with the protagonist into the devastating heart of the atrocities in Belarus during the Second World War. There is no false triumph or glory here, just devastation and survivors who envy the dead.

  • December 13, 2020 at 9:29 am

    It’s not what SS and nazi did to the world bothers me, but it’s who we are as human beings as we saw in recent Azerbaijan Armenian war makes me sad and leaves me heart broken. These 2 nations been part of soviet union and both suffered along with other parts of USSR during second world war. However it did not stopped them starting a war and killing each other. We are not fallen angels, we are just risen animals who look for a chance to get back to our nature.

  • September 6, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Powerful movie, beautiful and well acted. Yes some scenes maybe artsy or drawn out, but only adds to the emotion of this film. If this doesn’t stir something in ya, you are heartless. You nazi’s watching this must be so proud. Mandatory viewing IMO.

    • September 7, 2021 at 10:00 am

      #Lotty, agree 100%, excellent film, emotive and a lot better than American war films. This is raw and brutal and doesnt shy away from the realities of war, yet at the same time it tugs at your heart strings. Highly recommended.


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