|Come and See (1985)|
|Writers:||Elem Klimov and Ales Adamovich|
|Starring:||Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova and Liubomiras Lauciavicius|
|The Plot: Come and See tells the story of a young boy named Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) who in 1943 is drafted into the military of Belarus in order to fight in the second World War. The young boy pines for warfare and hopes to become a great hero, but when he arrives at the forest base-of-operations he is left behind by the commander Kosach in order to look after the camp. He soon finds Glasha, a beautiful young girl who is in love with Kosach, and the two share their grief about being left alone and are soon enough spending a great deal of time together. What seems to be the start of a romance is quickly distinguished when German paratroopers and heavy artillery starts crashing down around them. Florya is deafened by the artillery rounds crashing around him, but the two children are able to escape and quickly run back to Florya’s village. Once they arrive they find that the war has spread throughout their small country and the stench of death now dominates everything.|
You can only say “war is hell” so many times before it loses its punch. Saving Private Ryan showed us the gritty realism of combat and even though it had a more digestible message and theme than Come and See, both films make their point in brutal but honest ways. Come and See isn’t the four hour torture-fest that Philosophy of a Knife was, thankfully, and it doesn’t feature a great deal of onscreen violence, but the ever-imposing threat of violence and the unmerciful and faceless destruction of war creates an atmosphere of chaos and violence throughout the entire picture. It is for this reason that you will often see it landing on any number of “most disturbing” lists out there. However, this is certainly a film that doesn’t rely heavily on nastiness, but instead looks to do a service in providing both a voice for those affected by the inhuman tragedies committed at the behest of the German war machine during the second world war, as well as all who have been effected by the destructive aftermath of war in general.