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Idi i Smotri (Come and See) (1985)

Original Title : Idi I smotri
Director : Elem Klimov
Writer : Ales Adamovich
Ales Adamovich
Elem Klimov
Genre : Drama
War
Country : Soviet Union
Language : Russian
Music : Oleg Yanchenko
Photography : Aleksei Rodionov
IMDB ID : 0091251
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poster for "Idi i Smotri (Come and See)" by Elem Klimov (1985)
Idi i Smotri (Come and See) (1985) - Elem Klimov
 

Starring

Aleksei Kravchenko Florya Gaishun (as A. Kravchenko
Olga Mironova Glasha (as O. Mironova
Liubomiras Lauciavicius Kosach (as L. Lautsyavichius
 

Plot

A boy is unwillingly thrust into the atrocities of war in WWII Byelorussia, fighting for a hopelessly unequipped resistance movement against the ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and accidentally surviving horrifying situations he loses his innocence and then his mind.
 

Comments

Watch this movie and "The Ascent" This is probably the most harrowing war movie ever made...I can't think of any other war film that hits you over the head and stomps on your guts as much.It is a very Russian movie, I can't think of another part of the world where a movie like this would be made in that style. For me, some scenes stand out because I have never seen anything like them. The boy in the woods concussed from the explosions as the German paratroopers arrive.The soundtrack goes to a high pitched ringing.The two children running through a deserted village, they stop at a house to eat a cake left in the kitchen.All around are flies, but where do they come from?They run out of the house and out of the village, in the background, you see why there are so many flies, the bodies of the villagers are just piled high against a building, but the children don't notice them.The Germans herding the villagers into a barn and burning it.Later, the Nazis are herded themselves by Russians and douse themselves with petrol as they go mad.The effigy of Hitler made out of mud and grass. Apparently, this movie was originally planned to have been directed by Klimov's wife, the brilliant Larissa Shepitko (who directed "The Ascent") who died in a car crash before the project got going."The Ascent" deals with a lot of similar themes and shares the same premise of partisans struggling to survive under Nazi invasion, but goes into the human side a lot more.
 
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