By Ann Hornaday
The documentary Far from the Tree takes its title from Andrew Solomon’s best-selling 2012 book in which, with characteristic grace and insight, he interrogated the rejection he felt from his parents when he told them he was gay. … [F]ilmmaker Rachel Dretzin wisely decided to cast her film primarily with people outside its pages. … Dretzin’s aim is to present viewers with multiple versions of one story, which is how parents and children learn to accept one another when things don’t turn out as planned. … “Far From the Tree” offers bracing examples of people letting go of their preconceptions and projections to celebrate one another for who they are, regardless of labels or limitations. … Fair warning: By the end of Far from the Tree, tears will be shed, and for all the best reasons.
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