Thursday, July 28, 2011
DVD Review - Fly Away
A powerful film directed by Emmy Award® winner Janet Grillo (Autism: The Musical), FLY AWAY narrates the story of Jeanne (Beth Broderick, Bonfire of the Vanities, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and her autistic teenage daughter, Mandy (Ashley Rickards, One Tree Hill). Jeanne has cared for Mandy since the day she was born, growing closer every day to a child who is charmingly offbeat one moment and nearly impossible to manage the next. In the dog park, Jeanne encounters Tom (Greg Germann, Ally McBeal, Friends with Money), an easygoing and accepting neighbor who sparks a romantic interest, but she finds juggling Mandy’s care and her own career leaves little room for a new man. As the pressures of work and her child’s needs increase, she must decide whether or not to enroll Mandy in a therapeutic residential facility. Over the course of a few weeks, Jeanne is confronted with the most difficult decision a parent can make: to let go, allowing her child to grow, but also grow apart; or to hold on tight and fall together.
My Take on the Movie
The movie was well done. It was realistic and provided the viewer with a better understanding of what autism really means in the eyes of a parent. As a person who knows parents who are dealing with autistic children, it is something that is a challenge and most do not understand what they have to deal with. This movie breaks down some of these barriers.
All of the actors within the film did a great job at portraying their characters. You even leave the film wondering whether the actress that does play Mandy has autism or not.
I would recommend this movie to all, whether you are touched by autism or not, as the movie will open your eyes and allow you to leave watching this with a better appreciation for the people who live with this on a daily basis.
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