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Actor: Vladas Bagdonas

CANCELLED Come and See (2020 Restoration)

CANCELLED Come and See (2020 Restoration)

Dearest Friends and Rio Family: Effective immediately. we will be temporarily dimming our lights and powering down the projector. Some events are being postponed, and others canceled – we will do our best to connect with ticket-holders and advise them of future plans as soon as they are made clear to us. In the meantime, stay safe out there! We’ll let you know when we’re able to start buttering your popcorn again, and we look forward to seeing you then. We’re gonna get through this, people! Until then, lots of love from everyone at the Rio. xoxox


This widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camerawork and expressionistic sound design. Nearly suppressed by Soviet censors who took eight years to approve its script, COME AND SEE is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made. Originally released as “Idi i Smorti,” COME AND SEE was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 1985 Moscow Film Festival.

“As effectively anti-war as movies can be, ‘Come and See’ is a harrowing odyssey through the worst that humanity is capable of, directed with bravura intensity by Elem Klimov.” (Rotten Tomaotes)

“I have rarely seen a film more ruthless in its depiction of human evil.” (Roger Ebert)

“‘Come and See’ is a paradox: a visceral freefall into barbarism, but also a controlled, sometimes contemplative descent.” (Los Angeles Times)

“A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.” (Time Out)

Sunday, March 22
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Additional showtimes TBD.

*Minors permitted in the balcony! (18 A) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

COME AND SEE (Elem Klimov, 1985 / 142 mins / 18A / Russian with English subs) The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family’s wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.