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I watched Come And See tonight and think I broke my brain. That is all...

I wanna see it again, but next time I'm bringing my teddy bear.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 05:45 (fourteen years ago) link

If you don't know what I'm talking about:

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 05:46 (fourteen years ago) link

yes, it's rather amazing.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 15:23 (fourteen years ago) link

It seems like Alfonso Curon lifted much of the single-camera style of Children Of Men from this.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 22:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I just finished Martin Amis's House of Meetings and started reading the Antony Beevor book about the fall of Berlin and as a result I keep thinking about that movie.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:46 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

i just watched this yesterday and its still haunting me. i feel like it is one of the 3 or 4 best movies ive seen in my entire life.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:19 (nine years ago) link

surprised how little mention there is of this on ILX

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Monday, 5 March 2012 16:22 (nine years ago) link

Board is full of Die Hard fans.. /morbius

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 March 2012 19:33 (nine years ago) link

heh :/

it didnt place in the 80s poll. but every john hughes movie did.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Monday, 5 March 2012 19:51 (nine years ago) link

my dude.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 08:11 (nine years ago) link

Saw it at a film festival when it first came out & has haunted me since. Finally tracked down a copy after years of searching and am now too scared to watch it again

Bill E, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 09:44 (nine years ago) link

watching alexander nevsky and the himmler project ~on the same day~ has given me this idea of the eastern front as the worlds biggest wh40k larp; i feel this is a good time to watch come and see again, to put things into perspective.

, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 10:39 (nine years ago) link

yeah, sounds like it.

the kid's face in this is amazing. it haunts you unceasingly. the first half was actually more gutwrenching to me than the second... the early scenes of the kid with that placid, goofy look on his face are a comic horror of their own because you know the war is coming for him. the scenes with the partisans are so surreal and laden with dread (you're wondering why they aren't alarmed by the presence of a child in an oversized suit, and so become alarmed on his behalf), the humor undercut with that creepy humming score - and when the bombs start dropping in the forest, you think if he gets through this, it would be enough of the terror of war to last anyone a lifetime. these scenes make you feel like the kid's mother, pleading with the filmmaker not to despoil his innocence, and the sustained, hallucinatory tone is more disturbing than any horror film i've seen.

children of men certainly owes a great debt to this, as mentioned upthread

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 8 March 2012 20:14 (nine years ago) link

i dont remember much abt this apart from the forest scenes and the uncanny turboprop drones overhead

which is kinda the point cuz its a film abt a child in a fugue state rather than a this-then-this episodic war film

who has seen klimovs rasputin film 'agoniya'?

no, but i hear his wife's WW2 movie was quite good as well

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 8 March 2012 20:24 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

just watched this for the first time last night. one of the most harrowing but incredible films ive ever seen. that ending too. jesus.

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Sunday, 13 March 2016 20:29 (five years ago) link

Always been kind of afraid to watch this. One day...

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Sunday, 13 March 2016 20:32 (five years ago) link

I wouldn't be afraid of watching it - the film is very responsible in its depictions.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 14 March 2016 16:12 (five years ago) link

two years pass...


Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 09:41 (three years ago) link

I haven't seen a lot of Russian cinema. But what I have seen seems to have a cinematographic language of its own compared to western EU/US cinema. Something that happens in this film a lot, along with the long single-shot takes (Cuaron indeed must have lifted directly from this), is the use of off-camera sound and dialogue. It's not always obvious who is speaking, or who someone is speaking to, and this happens several times in this film (I noticed this is a reoccurring trait in Hard To Be A God too). One scene I found particularly interesting was when they stick-up the older man going urinating at the back of his house. We see it from the point of view of Flyora but it's only implied that it's he who is speaking because this is one of the first times we hear him speak in such confident, fully-formed sentences. Perhaps it's not Flyora speaking, perhaps it's his companion Roubej (I wasn't sure), but even when the farmer is facing the camera, he doesn't seem to be able to see his aggressor himself. The audience becomes an invisible presence sneaking up on this man and holding him at gunpoint.

Right at the beginning of the film we see the village elder calling out to unseen people, talking about digging. Then we're introduced to Flyora's friend. It's rather disorienting because it's almost as though Flyora will just be a supporting character, and the film's more likely to be about his friend, but we hardly see him again.

While there's a lot made about how harrowing this film is (and it is, without doubt), there's a lot less attention to how darkly humorous and surreal it is. The whole scene where Flyora first meets Glasha in the wilderness is like a confusing romantic fairytale. Glaisha acts like two different people in the same body - one moment bold, and cryptically confident, next soft and emotional, (doesn't she first introduce herself as 'Rose?' the subtitles were too fast for me to follow this bit). And without any big goodbye, they become separated and we never see her again; that is, unless the young woman who is bundled into the truck later on by Germans happens to be Glasha (it's not clear).

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 09:59 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Bro i fucking SNORTED

— titties & shrimp (@asmilingbag) August 6, 2020

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 7 August 2020 19:52 (one year ago) link

Always been kind of afraid to watch this. One day...
― rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 19:09 (one year ago) link

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