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Re: “Come and See

The subtitles do not do this film justice. Plus, this movie was directed towards a USSR audience who are familiar with slavic cultures. So thats why you kind of missed the point of the movie. It is not about revenge or soviet propaganda. This movie is about looking at war through child's eyes. He asked you to "Come and see"...what you are seeing is Florya wearing his father's suit to war. He has a rifle. He doesn't believe silly old supperstitions like "it's bad luck to redig graves". He is almost a man! ... but he gets childishly dissapointed because the commander didn't let him go to war. He cannot understand that the commanding officer just saved his life by leaving him behind. The boys brain cannot register that his mother and sisters are dead even after seeing the flies and abandoned dolls. He accepts the "reality" only after he sees the man's burned body but even then he goes back to the superstition as this man told him not to dig up graves ...
By the end of the movie the boy looks like an old man. To become witness to so much evil, how can anyone retain their innocence? The director never letd Florya shoot/kill anyone but a picture of a man whom he will never see. Is there hope?
Now that you have seen through this boy's eyes. Who do you blame? Who is evil? The Germans that invaded? The Russians that betrayed their own? The fat rich fancy general? Or the beautiful woman? Or is it the uneducated peasant soldiers? Anger, revenge and forgiveness are choices, the director only asked you: What would you chose? And how will you live your life with this choice.

21 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SkyGirl on 02/02/2015 at 12:35 PM

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Re: “Come and See

The subtitles do not do this film justice. Plus, this movie was directed towards a USSR audience who are familiar with slavic cultures. So thats why you kind of missed the point of the movie. It is not about revenge or soviet propaganda. This movie is about looking at war through the child's eyes. He asked you to "Come and see"...what you are seeing is Florya wearing his father's suit to war. He has a rifle. He doesn't believe silly old supperstitions like "it's bad luck to redig graves". He is almost a man! ... but he gets childishly dissapointed because the commander didn't let him go to war. He cannot understand that the commanding officer just saved his life by leaving him behind. The boy's brain cannot register that his mother and sisters are dead even after seeing the flies and abandoned dolls. Even then, he somewhat accepts the "reality" after he sees the man's burned body but now he struggles with superstitions (since it is the same guy who told them not to dig graves) ... In short period of time the boy's face ages and makes him look like an old man. Is he a man, or is he a child? The boy's innocence preserved as the director never lets Florya shoot/kill anyone but only a picture of a man whom he will never see.
Now that you have seen through this boy's eyes. Who do you blame? Who is evil? The Germans that invaded? The Russians that betrayed their own? The fat rich fancy general? Or the beautiful woman? Or is it the uneducated peasant soldiers? Anger, revenge and forgiveness are choices, the director only asked you: What would you chose? And how will you live your life with this choice.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SkyGirl on 02/02/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Come and See

You missed the point of the movie. Its not about the atrocities or revenge or soviet propaganda. It's a movie about seeing the war through child's eyes. Florya's silly patriotic idea of joining the partizans wearing a suit to war; digging for a 'good quality' rifle in the graves. He is almost a man - he has a suit, a rifle... He no longer believes in childish superstitions .... As we go through the movie, the director shows you that Florya's naive brain cannot process much what he is seeing. He cannot register his mother's and sister's death until he sees a burned man. Even the boy's anger and dissapointment is so silly that he cannot understand that the commanding officer just saved his life by leaving him behind. The director never lets Florya shoot anyone in the film so that the boy's innocence remain through all the evil he had witnessed. What anger? Who is to blame? Germans who invaded? Russians who betrayed their own people? The rich fancy generals? Or beautiful women? At the end we see his anger directed towards a man on a picture, a man that he will naver see. Noone will ever return this boy's innocence but the director is trying to make a point that anger and revenge is a choice and you can chose how to live a life.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SkyGirl on 02/02/2015 at 11:22 AM

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