The story of a young Belorussian farm boy who leaves his home to what he expects to be pride and glory fighting with the partisans during the German invasion of WWII. To this point it is very much like an earlier Russian film that I saw and reviewed. Larisa Sheptko's "Ascent" from 1976, a very impressive study of the lengths a people of an occupied area will go to survive. "The Ascent" is not to be missed and may actually be a companion piece that may get you up to speed on the history of the time and area, but it can not fully prepare you for the depth and brutal portrayals of Elem Klimov's "Come And See". Upon initially seeing the boy, played by Aleksi Kravchenko the awkward lad seems to just float on a cloud. When he finally is impacted by the war his whole life becomes a walk through hell with each level more atrocious then the last. By the end of the movie, the look in the eyes of the boy reflects the sheer terror that they have seen and his posture shows the burden that his body has come to bear.
I cannot say enough about this movie. It's imagery will stay with me for a very long time. While I highly recommend it, I also must warn that it is not for the timid or squemish. I have seen many, many war/anti-war movies in my life but none in any language has been as effective as this one.