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Letter of the day (Jan. 20): Movie with Minnesota ties does not simply glorify war

Last update: January 19, 2011 - 7:36 PM
 movie set in Minnesota where filmmakers were recreating the  Battle of the Bulge
By Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

Regarding the Jan 19 Letter of the Day ("Can families survive another movie that glorifies war?"): I can speak as somewhat of an authority on the film "Souvenirs," because I wrote it

It's hard to know from just an article, or even a trailer, but I can assure the letter writer that "Souvenirs" is more complex than he probably imagines

The term "pro-military" is often assumed to mean glorifying everything about war "Souvenirs" is not nearly that simple or two-dimensional

The reason that I call it a "family/war movie" (which does sound like a bit of an oxymoron) is because it tackles the very personal issue of what combat soldiers deal with on the battlefield -- and the vital importance of sharing the emotions of those experiences, rather than keeping them stored away in literal and metaphorical footlockers

This not a "shoot 'em up, kill the bad guys" war movie at all It's about a grandfather and a grandson, and how one helps the other by sharing his war stories (both good and bad) on a Minnesota porch over a pitcher of lemonade

I give the US Department of Defense and the Minnesota National Guard great credit for recognizing the complexities of this film and viewing it as "pro-military" in the best sense of the term 

MARC CONKLIN, ST PAUL; SCREENWRITER

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