Fly Away Home

When her mother dies, 13-year-old Amy (a young Anna Paquin) moves from New Zealand to Canada to live with her father (Jeff Daniels), an eccentric sculptor and inventor. After such a sudden and traumatic change, Amy naturally feels out of place, but finds some company when she rescues a batch of orphaned goose eggs and decides to raise them.

Her father supports her in the demanding and messy endeavor, but they both soon realize they have a big problem: the geese now see Amy as their mother, and Amy cannot teach them how to fly, or guide them in their seasonal migration. So, with his mechanical expertise, her father sets about creating a lightweight, easy-to-fly aircraft that will take them into the skies.

Loosely based on “Father Goose” Bill Lishman and his real-life flights with geese, the film is an uplifting tale (both figuratively and literally) about the unbreakable bonds of family and the power of determination. Viewers may also see reflections of Christ as the good shepherd in the girl’s protective dedication to the birds.

Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Rated PG
USCCB rating: A-II
88% on Rotten Tomatoes
IMDb Parents Guide