The film revolves around the search for the meaning of the word "kindness" in post-war Vietnam. Along with a familiar critique of the government, an apologetic tactic is employed to show how humble and sincere the director's intention is. Still he can't hide the fact that he wants to teach the audience a lesson, and the film comes across as pretentious and offensively preachy.
A film debunking a regime’s failed ideals on behalf of the trampled and trumpeted ideals and through its self-defining images, “Story of Kindness”, like Marker’s “Last Bolshevik”, is a patient, yet nervous in its dialectics, memento that artists and prostitutes are condemned to please since history’s first ovulation. Perhaps not all, but those who hire formal harmony as an amnesiac incantation, repeating “People are