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Daniel Kreps // September 6, 2012

The most harrowing, graphic, downright brutal depiction of Nazi genocide ever put to film, 1985’s Come and See follows a teenage boy as he navigates the war-ravaged, blood-soaked terrain of 1943 Belarus while searching for his family, who he knows deep down was already slaughtered. Chance encounters with survivors, rebel forces, and the Germans themselves catapult the plot, but the heart of the film shows how depraved and bloodthirsty a whole society can become, and the depths someone can sink to stay alive. Soundtracking the atrocities is an amebic ambient score by composer Oleg Yanchenko which coats the scenes like the drone of a distant bomber.

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