Some weeks before I watched the Movie ‘Come and See’, a Soviet/ Belarussian film directed by Elem Klimov in a NFDC screening. As Rita Kempley, of the Washington Post puts it, I felt, Klimov with an angry eloquence, taps into that hallucinatory nether world of blood and mud and escalating madness. The movie talks about the Nazi war crimes in Belarussia where the Nazis torched 628 villages. I have seen some war movies before but watching this movie was totally a different experience. Usually I felt the war movies generated a sense of thrill or a show of blasts and guns. But this movie generates a deep agony which is beyond words. I remember a scene in which the lead teen character, Florya meets the village head in a forest. Village head lying in his death bed with skin peeled out due to bomb shelling talks to him painfully. I found many left the hall unbearable to watch that scene.
The mystic music…Glasha and Florya taking bath in dew drops by shaking the trees ….the shock caused by the bombs…the expression of Florya when he watches the whole village burning….that last amazing montage….inexplicable!