Fly Away Home [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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The soaring adventure of a 13-year-old girl and her estranged father who learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them to fly! Starring Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin and Dana Delaney.
There are some filmmaking teams that invariably bring out the best in each other, and that's definitely the case with director Carroll Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. They previously collaborated on The Black Stallion and Never Cry Wolf, and Fly Away Home is their third family film that deserves to be called a classic. Inspired by Bill Lishman's autobiography, the movie tells the story of a 13-year-old girl (Anna Paquin) who goes to live with her estranged, eccentric father (Jeff Daniels) following the death of her mother. At first she's withdrawn and reclusive, but finds renewed happiness when she adopts an orphaned flock of baby geese and, later, teaches them to migrate using an ultralight. Sensitively directed and stunningly photographed, the movie has flying sequences that are nothing short of astonishing, and Daniels and Paquin (Oscar winner for The Piano) make a delightful father-daughter duo. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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If there is a flaw in "Fly Away Home" it is that the relationship between daughter and father takes a back seat to the story of the geese, so that the pathos that exists there is almost lost in the flapping of wings (but there is a nice moment and a good line when the father tells his daughter why he know what she can do it). They two have been estranged by distance (he returned to Canada while his wife and daughter lived in New Zealand), and living together is not improving things. He is an eccentric artist and inventor who cannot figure out how to connect with a living human being until the geese that come between them bring them together.
Fortunately, dad is spared the role of being the villain, because there are land developers at both ends of the flight and a wild life officer who knows what the rulebook says about domesticated geese.Read more ›
This movie is about Anna, who, after her mother's death in a car crash (Anna was also in the car), is sent to live with her slightly eccentric inventor father in Canada. He means well, but he just makes absolutely no sense to Anna. It is an exagerated case of "my dad is so weird" that any teenager can identify with. Meanwhile, the idea of a teenage girl is so foreign to her dad that the more he tries to bond, the more she stomps away.
Into the story comes a band of orphaned Canadian geese that Anna nurtures. They imprint her as their mother, so she more or less trains them. The only problem is that they must fly south for the winter, and Anna is their only role model. Luckily, she has a dad who builds space shuttles for fun. Suddenly, he has a way to connect with her and she has a reason to trust him.
Though it sounds sort of hokey, this movie that never delves into complete pathos. Instead, it is frequently quite funny and always touching. If you are looking for a father's day present, this is ideal. Just make sure to keep some tissues handy.
After losing her mother in a car crash, she goes to live with her father (Jeff Daniels) in Ontario, Canada. When developers orphan a nest of goose eggs, she takes them in and hatches them.
All geese will identify the first living thing they see as their mother, in this case, Amy. They follow her everywhere she goes, and imitate her. When a wildlife protection ranger tells her that she must clip their wings because they cannot fly south without their parents to guide them, she decides to take on the monumental task of raising them and teaching them to migrate south.
But that's only half the story. It is also about Amy's growth as a person after overcoming huge loss, and how the bonds of love can heal all things.
So few films these days are memorable for anything other than their FX, but this heartwarming film is memorable for its story and its powerful delivery.
Anna Paquin plays Amy Alden with such force and emotion that it is sometimes hard to believe that one is watching a movie, and Jeff Daniels compliments her performance perfectly.
Beautifully orchestrated and filmed, it is sure to appeal to anyone who sees it, from the very young to the very old, from the emotional and sensitive to the most cold-hearted and insensitive.
I saw this film when it first came out, and have seen it at least 20 times since, and it still gives me shivers up and down my spine every time I see it. It is truly worth the price of the DVD-- this is one movie you'll want in your collection for years to come.
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I always adored that movie even as a kid. Love the story, love the acting and love it simply :)Published 8 months ago by Ariane Plante
Great movie. I have seen it twice, and am purchasing my own copy so that I can watch it again!Published 10 months ago by May Van De Wark
This is one of my favorite kid movies there ever was and it's not from Disney. Thank you.Published 12 months ago by willy