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The Lost Language of Cranes 

When a young gay man comes out of the closet. His friends support him, but when he comes out to his parents, he stirs up a wealth of hidden feelings and secrets in their relationship.
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When a young gay may comes out of the closet. His friends support him, but when he comes out to his parents, he stirs up a wealth of hidden feelings and secrets in their relationship. Written by Kathy Li

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24 June 1992 (USA)  »

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Worth viewing, if you can find it...
13 February 1999 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

A son "comes out of the closet" to his parents. A movie that starts with this simple premise turns into a fascinating drama about the origins of sexual preference.

Is it genetics, environment or a little of both that influence the sexual preference of an individual? It is revealed later in the movie that the father is a repressed homosexual that did all the "right" things in his life. He married, had a son, and maintained a modest, conservative household. Outwardly, there was nothing wrong with his life. Inwardly, he was miserable.

A subplot cleverly approaches the environment question when a three-year-old boy is discovered abandoned by his parents and his unusual actions are studied by a social worker. The curious title for this film stems from this subplot.

In the end, how one deals with their sexual preference may be more important than knowing the origins of their preference.

The surprise for most will be Rene Auberjonois ("Deep Space Nine"), for his non-stereotypical portrayal of an openly gay man.


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