Regret to Inform | Chicago Reader

Regret to Inform

Barbara Sonneborn, who lost her husband in 1968 in the Vietnam war, attempted to broaden her perspective on the conflict 20 years later by traveling to the village where he died. This 1999 documentary combines archival footage, footage from her journey, and interviews with other women, Vietnamese and American, who lost family members in the war. Much of the imagery and many of the interviews—unfortunately conducted by someone we neither see nor hear—are provocative. But the movie, bounded by shots of the filmmaker staring out the window of a train as she delivers perfunctory voice-over, manages to stay superficial—perhaps because it mostly alludes to rather than expresses pain. 72 min.

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