Fly Away Home

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Fly Away Home is a 1996 film, directed by Carroll Ballard, about the daughter (Anna Paquin) of a divorcé (Jeff Daniels) who, with her father, leads a flock of Canada geese from Canada to a wildlife refuge in the US.[1]

The film was loosely based on the real-life experiences of Bill Lishman, a Canadian inventor, artist, and ultralight aircraft hobbyist. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lishman openly wondered whether geese and similar birds could be taught new migration patterns by following ultralight aircraft onto which they had been imprinted. In 1993, after several years of logistical and bureaucratic setbacks, Lishman successfully led a flock of Canada Geese on a winter migration from Ontario, Canada, to Northern Virginia, United States, both in North America. All of the 16 birds that participated in the migration returned the following year entirely on their own.[citation needed]

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Plot

At the beginning of the film 13-year-old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) is in an automobile accident which kills her mother. When she wakes up in the [[hospital room) she finds that her father, Thomas Alden (Jeff Daniels), has come to New Zealand. He brings her back to Ontario, Canada, a month after the accident. Understandably, Amy is still in shock over her mother's death, and is slow to warm to her father and her new life. Amy and her father have not seen or been in touch ever since Amy had left with her mother to live in New Zealand when she was three years old.

Thomas Alden is an artist, an inventor, and naturalist. His intelligence is evidenced by the complex inventions and works of art and sculpture that lie around his house and property. Amy also discovers that her father has a live-in girlfriend, Susan (Dana Delany). Amy's initial reception of Susan is similar to that of her father: Amy makes it very clear that Susan is not welcome in her life.

Amy sets off to explore her new surroundings on her own and adjust to her new life, stopping only sometimes when she has to attend school. Early one morning, a crew of construction vehicles comes along and destroys a place that has been the nesting area for wild Canada geese. Amy goes out to investigate and finds a clutch of eggs that a nesting mother goose was forced to abandon. Amy rescues the eggs and incubates them inside an old dresser within the barn. When she comes to check on the eggs later on, the goslings are hatched. As Amy is the first living thing they see, she is "imprinted" as their mother, and so they follow her everywhere from then on.

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