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SUNDAY SCREENING: ‘Come and See’ (1985)

This week, the editorial team at 21WIRE has chosen a dramatic cinematic film rather than a documentary. We hope you will find it moving and thought-provoking.

This cinematic masterpiece by Soviet filmmaker Klimov Elem, is set in the year 1943, during the Great Patriotic War, on the brutal eastern front of Second World War, in the territory of Belarus during the Nazi occupation. The story follows the experience of a 16-year-old boy named Flera, who is taken into the forest to join the ranks of the partisans. This film, like no other, shows the tragedy of a child on a battlefield, and horrors of war from an incredibly unique visual and psychological perspective. At the beginning of the story, Flera is just a teenager, but in a very short space of time he becomes shaped into a frighteningly adult version of his former self, wrinkles and all, with the last drip of his youthful innocence torn away by the tragedy and violence. Watch:

WARNING: THIS FILM CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC IMAGES AND SCENES

Run time: 2 hours 23 min
Director: Klimov Elem
Writers: Alexander Adamovich, Elem Klimov
Composer: Yanchenko Oleg
Operator: Rodionov Alexey Production designer: Petrov Victor
Cast: Laucevičius Lubomiras, Berda Alexander, Kravchenko Alexey, Mironova Olga, Bagdonas Vladas, Lumiste Juri, Lorenz Victor, Rabetsky Kazimir, Tilicheev Evgeny, Vasiliev Victor, Domrachev Vasily
Production:  Mosfilm & Belarusfilm (1985)

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