Fly Away Home

Film, Family and kids

Time Out says

An inspirational movie from the director of The Black Stallion. The shock opening, however, sets a tone of emotional realism unusual for a children's film. (A car crash leaves 13-year-old Amy traumatised and her mother dead.) The ostensible (true-life) adventure - Amy is shipped to backwoods Canada to live with her eccentric sculptor/inventor father (Daniels), learns to fly a micro-light aircraft in order to reach the breeding grounds of the orphaned geese she's raised - is made a metaphor for the girl's empowerment thanks to the enabling support of her parent. It's a common enough image, but it's realised here without strain. Caleb Deschanel's cinematography is as arresting as Mark Isham's score is discreet. But the performances are key: as Amy, Anna Paquin proves again what an expressive, soulful actress she is, and Daniels' madcap dad is a winning study in hippy ingenuity and indefatigability.


Release details

107 mins

Cast and crew

Carroll Ballard
Robert Rodat, Vince McKewin
Jeff Daniels
Anna Paquin
Dana Delany
Terry Kinney
Holter Graham
Jeremy Ratchford
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