In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. Written by
Locking undesirable civilian populations in barns and setting them afire, as shown in the movie, is a well-documented type of atrocity carried out by the Nazis on the Eastern Front. It is most strongly identified with Waffen-SS units commanded by the notorious war criminals Oskar Dirlewanger and Bronislav Kaminski. See more »
Many of the vehicles seen in this film are not the German standard Opel-Blitz truck nor the Kubelwagen car. Instead they are clearly post-World War II Soviet vehicles with slapped on German Army markings. See more »
There's not much one can say about this movie, besides "Be warned, it's
going to hurt you - a lot". The story is simple: Byelorussia in 1943 and
it's Hell on the Earth. The Nazis are fighting a no-quarter-given-or-asked
war against huge Soviet partisan units, and the population is caught in
between (historically the German security forces destroyed hundred of
Byelorussian villages murdering most of the population in the effort to
"clear" the rear of Third Panzer Army). Those who haven't been deported or
killed by the Nazis are trying to join the partisans. One of them is
a young boy - and in his quest to "join the fight" he get much more he had
bargained for. It's a movie about an apocalyptic world (the title is taken
from the Book of Revelation, a most of the movie looks like it has been
filmed on another planet), but unfortunately it was all-real. The
centre of the movie is a lengthy sequence involving the destruction of a
village, with all the sickening (but not exploitative) details shown with
cold determination. There's no catharsis (this is not Schindler's List!),
hope, no redemption - even the eventual revenge against the village's
destroyers become just a sad and murderous business.
"Come And See" is a difficult, violent and surprisingly poetic movie,
compared to which even classics like "Saving Private Ryan" (Spielberg
a homage to this movie on SPR's beginning) or "The Thin Red Line" seems
artificial. This is the real thing!
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