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Fly Away Home

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
7.75 /10
Thomas Alden .......... Jeff Daniels , Amy Alden ............. Anna Paquin , Susan Barnes .......... Dana Delany
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Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Written by: Robert Rodat and Vince McKewin . Based on the autobiography by Bill Lishman

Released: 1996
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 110

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"It occurs to me that this girl could have saved a lot of time and effort by packing the geese in ventilated crates and busing them. But then we wouldn't have the movie, with its dazzling photography, Paquin's sweet, unsentimental performance and, of course, the geese. They're adorable when they waddle in the tall grass, and beautiful when they fly."
(Tom Gliatto, People Weekly)
"As much a hymn to human eccentricity - and inventiveness - as it is to the human spirit. To begin with, these birds have an interesting problem. They have to learn to fly and migrate; since Amy was their first sight on earth, "imprinted" on the goslings as their mom, the seemingly impossible job of getting them airborne is hers. Good thing Dad likes to fool around with ultralight aircraft, which fly at roughly goose speed. Good thing Amy has the gumption to fly one of those contraptions. But the very good things about Fly Away Home are the restrained naturalism of its playing; its gentle, unforced direction by Carroll Ballard; and above all its imagery, shot by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, of Amy, Tom and the birds in flight. At once comic and soaring, artful and artless, these scenes lift us from earthbound disbelief and charm our acquiescence in the sweetest of adventures."
(Richard Schickel, Time)
"Preaches the unsung virtues of restlessness, as befits a film about a 13 year-old girl who is mourning her mother, but also embarking on the no-less important task of turning into her. Amy is, in other words, caught up in a few migratory urges of her on. Change is in the air; she may as well join it."
(Tom Shone, Sunday Times)

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