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Come and See (1985)
"Idi i smotri" (original title)

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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Kravchenko ...
Florya Gaishun (as A. Kravchenko)
Olga Mironova ...
Glasha (as O. Mironova)
Liubomiras Lauciavicius ...
Kosach (as L. Lautsyavichius)
Vladas Bagdonas ...
(as V. Bagdonas)
Jüri Lumiste
Viktor Lorents ...
(as V. Lorents)
Kazimir Rabetsky ...
(as K. Rabetsky)
Evgeniy Tilicheev ...
(as Ye. Tilicheyev)
Aleksandr Berda ...
(as A. Berda)
G. Velts
V. Vasilyev
Igor Gnevashev ...
(as I. Gnevashev)
Vasiliy Domrachyov ...
(as V. Domrachyov)
G. Yelkin
Yevgeni Krzhizhanovsky ...
(as Ye. Kryzhanovsky)
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During WWII, a Belarusian boy is thrust into the atrocities of war, fighting with a hopelessly unequipped Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and surviving horrifying situations, he loses his innocence and then his mind. Written by TheDistantPanic

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Come and See  »

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Western Belarus as depicted in this film was situated in the region between the then Soviet Union and then Nazi Germany during World War II. This frontier region in the film is today known as a part of Belarus. See more »

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unremitting graphical terror and accumulating atrocities
17 January 2002 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Elem Klimov and Aleksei Rodionov's handheld cinematography, present the viewer with the mental and physical destruction of a boy who changes in front of your eyes beyond recognition.

Cacophoneous, industrial sounds and sometimes cryptic story-elements (for as far as there is a story) contribute to this ruthlessly escalating history lesson about Nazi's who burned down hundreds of villages in 1943 in Russia. The realism makes you wonder how many people were harmed making the film, while the score represents the mindnumbing experiences of Florya, a tour-de-force performance by Aleksei Kravchenko (16 at the time). All along, somehow Klimov knows very well how to prevent the audience from becoming numb.

ILM's specialFX are smoother, but the FX here in 'Come and see' are so realistic, it's almost unreal: reminiscent of the first 30 min of Saving private Ryan, Thin red line (watch the animals), Apocalypse Now and the painstaking 'Band of brothers'. Indeed forget about the rest of 'SPR', Platoon and even Full Metal Jacket. However, I would like to recommend Deer Hunter (Cimino, 1978) and Hotaru no haka (1988). But I never suspected there was something massive like this. 10/10


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