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Come and See

Soviet Belorussia, near the Polish border, 1943. Florya, a young partisan, left behind as his unit moves to prepare for a renewed German advance, returns to his village to find only a mass of bodies, including those of his family, and later witnesses the entire population of a near-by town being machine-gunned and burnt to death. This epic, allegorical and traumatising enactment of the hellish experience of war (especially its effect upon a generation of the Soviet people) is rendered by Klimov - albeit unintentionally - as a disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.

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Duration: 142 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elem Klimov
Screenwriter: Ales Adamovich, Elem Klimov
Cast: Alexei Kravchenko
Olga Mironova
Liubomiras Laucevicius
Vladas Bagdonas
Victor Lorents
J Lumiste

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4.4 / 5

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Al

The barn burning sequence is one of the most unsettling scene ever put to film. One's mind struggles to comprehend not what might have been, but what was.