About a Son isn't an argument about Kurt Cobain—it's a eulogy, spoken by the deceased. Cobain's plain voice, edited from 25 hours of interviews, "narrates" the film, a visual poem of the Pacific Northwest. Seeing the familiar sights—Neumo's, the library, a lot of new condos—under Cobain's soliloquies is a powerful reminder that he's a building block of the contemporary psychic (and physical) architecture of the region, and also in danger of being forgotten—not as a face or a voice, but as an exponent of a certain regional character. (See Movie Times for details.)

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