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Gone -- A veteran New York police officer embarks on a harrowing search to find her son (former Mr.Gay Austria) , when he disappears under suspicious circumstances in Austria. How far will a mother go to find her son?

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1 April 2011 (USA) See more »
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A veteran New York police officer embarks on a harrowing search to find her son, when he disappears under suspicious circumstances in Austria.
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Directed by
Gretchen Morning 
John Morning 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gretchen Morning 
John Morning 

Produced by
Jim Butterworth .... executive producer
Daniel J. Chalfen .... producer
Gretchen Morning .... producer
John Morning .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erik Blicker 
Glenn Schloss 
 
Film Editing by
Gretchen Morning 
Joel Plotch 
 
Sound Department
Edward Kaufman .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Casting Department
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Badami .... assistant editor
Matt Hopkins .... on-line editor
Michael Smollin .... digital colorist
 

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"Gone: The Disappearance of Aeryn Gillern" - USA (complete title)
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Mother's Lament, 4 March 2015
Author: Suradit from Thailand

On the one hand, you want to feel sympathy for the mother, Kathy Gilleran, whose son Aeryn has gone missing and, at this point, must be presumed dead. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance, based on what we are told with virtually no documentation or supporting evidence, are mysterious. Unfortunately her narration is so one- sided and obviously designed to portray a massive cover-up and sinister plot, that one is left wondering how much of her tale is factual and how much has been embellished to elevate the drama and to generate even more sympathy.

Aeryn is gay, working for an agency of the UN in Vienna, suddenly disappears without a trace after reportedly running naked from the Kaiserbründl, a gay sauna & bath house and, it is speculated, who then jumped into a canal as an act of suicide.

Kathy goes to Vienna to investigate. Supposedly when she first meets the police who are investigating the incident, they are unable to make eye contact with her and demonstrate a lack of interest in her or the case. Later, at the police station she informs them she is a cop and where she comes from cops look after cops … a comment that apparently doesn't impress them … and they are then described as aggressive towards her, make humiliating references to her son being gay, deny her water or the use of a toilet and inform her that they consider it all a case of "spontaneous suicide" typical amongst gays in Vienna. She reminds us at one point that the Austrian authorities in the past handed over the Jews & homosexuals to the Nazis and in her estimation not much has changed.

She then seeks support and aid from the UN agency HR personnel, the US embassy, a gay bookstore owner, a gay police organization, some friends of Aeryn including someone she meets in front of the Kaiserbründl and who behaves quite strangely, some Austrian Green Party parliamentarians, and a private investigator. All of them, according to Kathy, are somewhat supportive but soon become reluctant to continue to offer help, seem to be stonewalling her and appear to be participants in a sinister and mysterious cover-up.

Kathy even tells us at one point that as a cop she knows if you have a dead body the easiest thing to do is to dismiss it as a suicide, possibly not realizing that she's telling us that she knows how to fashion the "facts" in any case to suit a desired result … something that raises questions about her own credibility. Even in Kathy's recollection of Aeryn's coming out as gay to both her and to his grandmother, her version of the events is rather different from what Aeryn tells us in a two minute clip that accompanied the longer "documentary." As the police should know all too well, eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable and are often colored by intentional or unintentional influences.

Certainly the police could be dedicated homophobes, something that would hardly be unique to Vienna. Certainly all those whose help she sought could be eager to embrace the prejudiced idea that a gay man at a well known gay venue could act irrationally and might become suicidal … and who leap to the equally bigoted view that being gay he was probably into drugs that would feed the irrational behavior. And certainly no one could fault any mother for wanting to know for certain what happened to her son and who wanted to find him in order to achieve some level of closure.

The loss of her son in a foreign country, with no certainty as to the events leading up to his disappearance and with no tangible proof that he is dead must be an unending trauma for his mother. That her son was gay and that his disappearance and death were readily dismissed by those who wished to put distance between themselves and the case as quickly as possible is certainly believable. Unfortunately this film loses credibility because it is simply a one-sided, understandably emotional account of events with no real supporting evidence or documentation or any commentary from those who have, in essence, been made out to be at best indifferent and at worst involved in some sort of conspiracy and cover up.

Being gay and an American who has lived most of his adult life outside the US I certainly feel sympathetic regarding the tragedy of Aeryn's unexplained disappearance and his mother's frustrating experience dealing with officialdom. But when it comes to rating the presentation in this film, it is so obviously one-sided and self- promoting that I give it no more than a 5.

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