Review: ‘Gone’

There's a great story behind "Gone," but it's not one that's told to any satisfying extent in John and Gretchen Morning's docu.

There’s a great story behind “Gone,” but it’s not one that’s told to any satisfying extent in John and Gretchen Morning’s docu, which is essentially a portrait of a mother’s grief over the loss of her son, rather than the type of true-crime expose whose vocabulary it appropriates. Based largely on one interview with Kathy Gilleran — an upstate New York police veteran whose grown offspring disappeared in Vienna on Sept. 20, 2007 — it lays out the particulars of the case, but never strays beyond Gilleran’s account of what happened. Crime-oriented cable seems “Gone’s” likely destination.

Aeryn, a onetime Mr. Gay Austria, was last seen in naked flight from a Viennese bathhouse; the film implies his fate has links to powerful people in Vienna. This, we are led to believe, is why Gilleran herself was misled and stonewalled when she tried to find her son, or at least someone who knew what occurred before and after Aeryn’s disappearance. She got nowhere. Neither, we have to assume, did the filmmakers, although if they did try to investigate, they never tell us with whom or where or why it didn’t work out.



A Naked Edge Films presentation. Produced by Daniel J. Chalfen, Gretchen Morning, John Morning. Executive producer, Jim Butterworth. Directed, written by Gretchen Morning, John Morning.


Camera (color), Attila Boa, Dan Roach; editors, Joel Plotch, Gretchen Morning; music, Erik Blicker, Glenn Schlossn. Reviewed at Tribeca Film Center, Manhattan, April 10, 2011. (In Tribeca Film Festival -- Viewpoints.) Running time: 85 MIN.


Kathy Gilleran.

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