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3,078 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?

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Come and See

    A singular work of anti-war cinema, which rather than find valour or nobility in the savagery of combat, instead presents the period of occupation as a literal nightmare. Klimov centres his audience subjectively alongside his protagonist, throwing us into the mud & blood of wartime survival. Remarkably it never feels gratuitous, even when making us witness to the fall of civilised society into atrocity & degradation.

  • Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Come and See

    You can't undo history: Klimov's bleak, unrelenting dive into the mouth of madness of the Belarusian battlefields in WWII takes you into the woods of a nightmarish, harrowing fairy tale it never really leads you out of.

  • 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.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Come and See

    One of the greatest films about chaos and senseless madness ever made. "Come and See" is like if Goya and Bacon teamed-up to paint a portrait of war, but used a frozen axe instead of a brush, and blood instead of paint. Rarely have I seen a sequence as distressing as the burning of the church, when the boy looks with despair at the ashes of his innocence.

  • 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.

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