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.
A masterpiece of cinema which captures the bizarre spirit of war perfectly by mixing in subtle absurdity with brutal realism, all the while maintaining a balance between art and adventure. Disturbing and traumatizing, and aesthetically superior, presenting beautiful raw photography with minimal music that seems somehow to cross the fourth wall. This is an exceptional piece of work.
An absolute masterpiece. At once the most horrifying and humanistic film I've ever seen. Not only Elem Klimov's opus magnum, but certainly one of the best films to ever be made in the USSR. In my opinion, one of the greatest reflections on the theme of war, not only in cinema, but in any medium.
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.
The personal tragedy disembogues into the greater tragedy, which turns the focus to the greater evil and finishes with the personification of evil. It's structurally beautiful. I lack the adjectives to characterize this, because I feel they will reduce it, but I am absolutely devastated. Perfectly balanced innocence, malevolence, horror, poetry, mysticism and even light-hearted humor. Damn.