Director: Elem Klimov
Writers: Ales Adamovich, Elem Klimov (Screenplay)
Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova
This is the most relentless and incredible war film I have ever seen. Come and See is a movie that every single film fanatic should see. It makes Schindler's List look like a melodrama. We've seen many sides of World War II, here we see the side of the innocent Russian villagers. Over the course of the war, the Nazi's destroyed 628 Russian villages. This gives us an unflinching look at the torture that was inflicted on these people.
It follows a young man named Flora (Aleksey Kravchenko), who thought he wanted to help fight for his country more than anything else in the world. He wanted to see what happens in war, so he joined the Partisan's to protect Russia. To say, 'he got more than he bargained for,' is the worlds biggest understatement. The things this young man went through are devastating. We see this boy lose his innocence and his mind. He loses everything.
The falseness and melodrama of other war films becomes so apparent went compared to Come and See. they tend to skip showing audiences how horrifying war truly is. An example of this is Saving Private Ryan. That is a brilliant movie, however, once the opening sequence is over you're just watching a drama about a group of men who need to find Ryan. War is secondary in that film. I suspect that in real life war doesn't fade to the background so easily.
When you're watching Come and See, you're faced with devastation, devastation and more devastation. In the end, you're just left feeling devastated. That is what separates it from every other movie. No words can truly describe how amazing this film is. It doesn't try to sugarcoat anything. What it does do is show you what happened to the 628 Russian villages in a most raw and powerful way.