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Come And See [DVD]

Aleksey Kravchenko , Olga Mironova , Elem Klimov    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Vladas Bagdonas, Jüri Lumiste
  • Directors: Elem Klimov
  • Writers: Elem Klimov, Ales Adamovich
  • Format: Dubbed, PAL
  • Language: German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nouveaux
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,326 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Harrowing Russian wartime drama, recounting the devastating Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union through the experiences of a young boy in Belarus. Young Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) is forcibly recruited by the partisans, who are fighting a desperate behind-the-lines battle against the German invaders. Exposed to scenes of vicious conflict and brutality, Forya stumbles through a blasted landscape, witnessing atrocities as the Nazis ethnically cleanse villages and towns. Disorientated after surviving a German bombing raid on the forest where he is hiding, Florya joins the female partisan Glasha (Olga Mironova), and together they set off to retrace their steps back to Florya's village. But what they find there is only more death and destruction, until Florya becomes completely numb to the horrors of war.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one star but five! 16 Dec 2011
I fail to understand the logic of those who only gave this film one star. They must have been watching a different film to the one I did. I would be interested to know the ages of these people. I would guess they were born after, perhaps, 1980. I was born three years after the end of WW2. My mother came from Austria and experienced part of her life "under occupation", in her case it was the Russians. She befriended a Russian in England who lived under occupation- in her case it was the Germans. Therefore I do have a little comprehension of what was trying to be stated in the film "Come and See".
I would suggest that "the young" have no comprehension of what war is like from the point of view of a civilian in the middle of Europe from 1939 to 1945. At least I have had a second-hand experience of this by having known and spoken to various people.
The "blitz" that occured in England was by all means horrific but not as as horrifying compared to the atrocities committed "on land" during this terrible conflict. (I have ancestors who died fighting on both sides)
I suggest that the "one star brigade" go away to a film appreciation society and try and learn the true meaning of cinema. It seems like those who underated this film are those of the "instant gratification" bunch that society has spawned today.
This is a film that presents its case slowly and in a beautiful, artistic way, leading to a terrifying climax. If you are Russian then you have a right to critisise the acting. If you are not my advice is to always watch a film in its original language.
"Come and See" is a truely great film- if you do not agree I suggest you stick to "The Great Escape" with all its Hollywood pin-ups or even worse... "The Green Berets" starring big John Wayne!
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Okay, Before I begin this review, I have a bit of an issue with some previous reviewers of this film who seem to be looking for 'art'.
Other reviewers have actually called this 'art house'. Art house? This film? Come on.
Come and See isn't art, and it definitely isn't a perfectly put together film, but it is a graphic portrayal of human beings fighting each other (I was going to write 'at war' there, but that phrase is too sanitised to describe the actual process).
I was a soldier for over 25 years, and believe me, this film takes you to places never covered by Hollywood, and it's a given in the military that the first film that depicts fighting in all its true horror would be banned outright. (How much film of fighting in Afghanistan are you being shown each evening)?
This film captures the fear and the horror of partisan warfare perfectly. On both 'sides'.
If anything, this film shows just how deep the Great Patriotic War (as it's known as in Russia) carved itself into the Russian psyche, and how it has influenced, and will continue to influence, their subsequent attitude to the West.
It is harrowing, disjointed, dreamlike and at times mystical. Put on this DVD, turn down the lights, and I defy anyone not to be moved deeply by the opening 10 minutes.
The film is so real, and the director catches so many subtle, horrible nuances, that it makes for a very very disturbing film.
Watch it, take it in, and realise what it's like to to have to fight other human beings, day in and day out, night in and night out, with no respite.
We have politicians who commit our young people to every new 'conflict' - sending them to possible death or disfigurement when they themselves haven't even been in a scuffle in a chip shop on saturday night.
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137 of 146 people found the following review helpful
Once you've seen this 1985 movie by Elem Klimov, you'll never be able to forget it. The reasons for this are to be seen both in the aesthetic quality of the realisation of the script, to which Ales Adamovich contributed as well as the director, and in the extraordinary sujet, the brutal elimination of a Belorussian village and its inhabitants at the hands of the SS in 1943, something that happened to 628 villages in Belarus alone between 1941 and 1944.

Partisan warfare behind the frontlines forms the background of this profoundly shocking and deeply moving drama. The pubescent protagonist of the movie, the 14 year-old Flyora, against the will of his mother stubbornly and somewhat naively insists to be allowed to join the ranks of the Soviet partisans operating from the relative security of the impenetrable woods in the area of his native village. The partisans, however, don't think young Flyora to be of much use, and therefore give him only minor tasks like standing on guard. At the partisan encampment he meets Glasha, a girl romantically linked with Kasatch, the leader of the partisan unit. In the course of the film, the almost extra-terrestrial beauty of the girl sharply contrasts with the ever-increasing brutalities of war. After an air raid on the partisan camp, Flyora and Glasha decide to make it for the boy's nearby home village. However, the villagers have all been executed, quite likely because despite all precautions it must have become known to the German occupiers that a boy from the village had joined the guerilla forces. Their bodies can be seen for the fraction of a second piled up like culled cattle behind a wooden house.

Flyora feels guilty for what happened and heads back to his fellow partisans, leaving behind Glasha.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best anti-war film ever
Published 24 days ago by wayne mca
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative And Atmospheric
I'd heard of Come And See when it was shown on BBC 2 in 1989 - it had a cult following even then.

Finally caught up with it in 2014 and a very enjoyable 2 1/2 hours it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever "War" Films. A Must See.
Make no mistake. It is likely that this film will be unlike any other you have seen before, unless you are well informed before you watch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr C
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of the Most Devastating Films Ever Made
I am going to start this review by saying this film is not for the faint hearted. If you think this film is going to be an all action all guns blazing war film it isn't and I must... Read more
Published 5 months ago by G.Clissold
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking!
I think the reviewers from the 'One-star-brigade' either DON'T KNOW about the type of war inflicted upon the civilian populations of eastern Europe and Russia during WW2 OR.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LambChop
1.0 out of 5 stars What an awful film
One of the worst films I have ever seen. How it is rated I do not know.

Hide all razor blades and scissors before you watch it you will not feel uplifted after..
Published 6 months ago by Spartykus
5.0 out of 5 stars An unsettling nightmare trip of a war film
Of all the war films I have ever seen, this is the most unsettling. It is weird, brutal, graphic, shocking and a depiction of the horrors of the Nazis rolling towards the East in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Movetotheleft
5.0 out of 5 stars class
excellent film,quality fine.good delivery time.could do with more films of this type though doubt there is a commercial market unfortunately
Published 10 months ago by Mr. David C. Tomlinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Go and See
Do go and see this film if you ever get a chance. Its a fine example of what celluloid and sound can achieve. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Neil Hynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy view
This is very powerful. It's a story of individuals, personalised but with a good deal of symbolism thrown in. Powerful, dramatic and heart breaking
Published 11 months ago by Kate
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