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R: ARCHIVE, S: REVIEWS, D: 09/12/1996,

Fly Away Home

Set-up: 13-year-old Amy Alden (The Piano's Anna Paquin) survives an accident that kills her mother and goes to live with her estranged father (Jeff Daniels), who was last seen when she was three. Story: uprooted from New Zealand to southern Ontario, apathetic, angry Amy sulks as her artist/inventor father makes stuff in his studio. When a local developer destroys a Canada-geese habitat, Amy adopts the orphaned goslings. Conflict: how does a human teach geese to migrate south? Evil nemesis: the local wildlife official, who wants to clip the geese's wings, rendering them flightless, and confiscate them for "The Crown." Resolution: Dad builds a flying machine. Happy ending: the geese learn to fly, and father and daughter bond. Pros: cuteness galore, terrific aerial shots, and a healthy dose of environmental awareness. Cons: 13-year-olds might demand flying lessons this holiday season. At the Cheri, the Fresh Pond, and the Chestnut Hill and in the suburbs.

-- Peg Aloi