cinema. A devastating account of the Nazi occupation of Belarussia during World War II, it tells the story of a young boy's abrupt loss of innocence when he joins the Soviet resistance and is thrust headlong into the brutal horrors of combat. Featuring terrifyingly authentic battle scenes and
Horrific, distressing, moving. One of the very best anti-war films I have seen
- Come and See review by RP
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It's in Russian, with subtitles. But don't let that put you off - this is a powerful, distressing anti-war film and if that's what you're looking for you'll find it in spades here.
It tells the story of a young boy joining the ill-equipped partisans fighting a futile resistance against the German army as it cuts a violent swathe through Byelorussia in the Second World War. Pursuing a brutal 'scorched earth' policy, the Germans put entire villages to the torch - including the inhabitants.
This is not a film for the squeamish. Although only rated 15 (there is limited on-screen explicit violence) this film has scenes that I found quite horrific and very moving.
One of the very best anti-war films I have seen. 5/5 stars.