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Regret to Inform (1998)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 1998 (USA)
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan... See full summary »

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Xuan Ngoc Nguyen Xuan Ngoc Nguyen ... Herself
Barbara Sonneborn Barbara Sonneborn ... Herself
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In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan Ngoc Nguyen explore the meaning of war and loss on a human level. The film weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Documentary | War

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

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1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kondolencje z frontu See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,294, 27 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,627, 25 July 1999
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For all who have suffered from war, For all the lives lost... "They say: Our deaths are not ours: They are yours; They will mean what you make them." See more »

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River Study
Written by D.A. Sonneborn
Performed by D.A. Sonneborn
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Women's Perspective of The Vietnam War
11 October 1999 | by SoujiroSee all my reviews

This film deeply moved me. I've seen other documentaries about the War, and forgotten them the next morning. I'm still thinking about this one.

The juxtaposition of beautiful scenery and truly horrible war stories is very affecting. Everyone in the theater was completely silent throughout the entire film, and EVERYONE stayed for the credits.

I think that the women in the movie have a certain emotional honesty that makes the movie much more powerful. It's important to understand the impact that the war had on families and children. Most documentaries focus on the lives of the American soldiers. The music is also very appropriate... It's hopeless trying to review this as a film, I just urge you to watch it.


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