Films for the festive season part 2: Fly Away Home

Oh, how I LOVE this film. The story of 13 year old Amy (played by Anna Paquin), who after her mother dies goes to live in Canada with her father (Jeff Daniels). Amy finds some goose eggs (developers clearing land have destroyed their nest) and ends up raising the chicks. Wanting them to remain wild, Amy and her father teach them how to fly using ultralight planes and, as the geese must migrate, end up leading them down to a sanctuary in North Carolina.

It’s a beautifully shot film, and at times it’s achingly sad as Amy grieves for her mother, at the same time as adjusting to life in a new environment with a father she barely remembers. The geese give Amy something to focus on, as she is effectively their mother and responsible for their survival. In teaching them to fly and taking them to the sanctuary she also builds a relationship with her father.

Again, this isn’t exactly ‘Christmassy’, but I guess as a family film it’s ideal for this time of year. It always, always makes me cry – at the beginning they’re sad tears, but at the end it’s happy sobbing. And there’s a beautiful song on the soundtrack, 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter – click this link to hear the song and see images from the film:

Must go now, I need a tissue. *sniff*


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