Kurt Cobain: About a Son

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Kurt Cobain: About a Son a documentary by Gus Van Sant talks about the life of Kurt Cobain. The feature plays more like autobiography than documentary.

The film begins with the narration by Cobain. However no pictures of the alternative icon are shown until the end.

The filmmaker uses still and time-lapse photography in the film to explore Cobain’s Northwest, i.e. Aberdeen, Olympia, and Seattle. These specific locations illustrate his words. The music written by Cobain and the absence of any picture generates a feeling of absence. The soundtrack combines an ambient score from producer Steve Fisk and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and his favorites like David Bowie.

About a Son nowhere suggest that it will provide a definitive portrait of Cobain. But at the same time Schnack’s rigorous avoidance of convention provides an experience far more dream-like than depressing.

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