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3,049 Ratings

Come and See

Иди и смотри

Directed by Elem Klimov
Soviet Union, 1985
Drama, War


In 1943, a Belorussian boy finds a rifle buried in the sand and unwittingly gets thrust into the Soviet Union’s battle against the German Nazi regime during World War II where he witnesses the horrors of battle.

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Come and See Directed by Elem Klimov

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival


2017 | Winner: Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film

Moscow International Film Festival

1985 | 2 wins including: Golden Prize

Critics reviews

A film of shifting perspectives, it primarily owes its power to Flyora’s dominant viewpoint, which cements the audience’s identification with him… What separates Klimov’s film from other child’s-eye views of war—including Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, to which it is a partial response—is its transcending of the confining properties of its frame.
February 27, 2015
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This intense sequence . . . encapsulates many of the strongest qualities of Elem Klimov’s film, in particular its ability to shift tone, visual perspective and viscerally approximate the physical, mental, social and cultural conditions of life in Nazi-occupied Byelorussia in 1943. The young woman’s look back at this image of horror, almost Biblical or medieval in its intensity and scale, rhymes with many other looks, gazes and shifts of scale and perspective which dot and define the film.
May 03, 2000
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What are people saying?

  • Amin Lumière's rating of the film Come and See

    And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. Revelation of St John

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film Come and See

    The past six or so years I've spent Thanksgiving alone, re-watching "epic works." This year is extra special because I watched this, a hallucinatory nightmare masterpiece that grips you in it's jaws from the beginning, and perpetually shreds. It is actually intoxicating, as in darkness constantly permeates your organs, your bloodstream. Even the most jovial moments are absolutely excruciating.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Come and See

    War, madness, death, hell, absolute horror. Multimunitions, village burning, rapes, effectiveness & cruelty at its paroxysm in Belarus by Nazi Germany. Hallucinating & hard to sustain. ==== La guerre, la folie, la mort, l'enfer, l'horreur absolue. Multimunitions, centaines de villages brûlés, viols, l'efficacité au paroxysme de la cruauté en Biélorussie par l'Allemagne nazie. Hallucinant & difficilement soutenable.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Come and See

    War's horror portrayed with an agonizing build-up, where nature, childhood, love are gradually transformed into a hellishly surreal experience, authentically corroborated by WWII footage. Not only Klimov presents war in unmatched aesthetic splendor, he also subsumes this, contra the war film genre, to a genuinely moral (Brechtean) message: History 'undone' through a brilliant reversal of baby Hitler with Florya.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Come and See

    It's fitting that the title comes from the Book of Revelations, because Come and See looks like a door to hell has been flung open: a surreal nightmare where all moral stability has evaporated into chaos—even simple tracking shots through mud and forests can make you question your sanity. This is a devastating film, uniting us always with its hero's shellshocked gaze. His inner and outer journeys leave you shattered.

  • Lintang A.'s rating of the film Come and See

    Come and See has got to be the most brutal and most realistic yet disturbing potrayal of war I have ever seen. It's as if Elements Klimov didn't direct a film but shot a live documentation of the events. The film is not your typical war that is antiwar or takes sides and make hero's out of it's characters. It only potrays war as it is and who were the victims,and that itself will leave a lasting impression to you.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Come and See

    One of the most beautiful war films ever made. Director Klimov elegantly works a soft, floating camera through contrastingly stark, brutal events. Consequently, the harrowing nature of the film is rendered surreal by the dream-like camera movement. The result is a truly unique and artistic interpretation of war.

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Come and See

    To me, Klimov stands as one of the very few directors who has managed to use this grade of sheer brutality as a leitmotif and turn it into a poem of sorts, a poem only a tormented mind could envision. In that aspect the directorial style is an explosion of bravado that will most likely be the responsible for getting your attention from the very first scene.

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