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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.

10% of proceeds from DVD sales benefits Autism Speaks

Bonus Features: A conversation with the filmmakers of FLY AWAY; Autism Speaks: It s Time to Listen (Music Video); Companion guide with information on autism spectrum disorders

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Mandy is played by Ashley Rickards, a young lady who should win an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She is that convincing... Broderick and Rickards hit all the notes perfectly. Their duet is really something to see. --Huffington Post

The lovely, heartbreaking FLY AWAY benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo. --Los Angeles Times

It's a stimulating sense of realism that helps to shape a raw, compassionate portrait of life lived with the disorder, finding pauses of behavior and response that shock and enlighten. It's not an easy film to watch, but it's a picture of immense importance, capturing an intimate state of mind few are allowed to visit. --DVD Talk

Product Details

  • Actors: Greg Germann, Ashley Rickards, Beth Broderick, Janet Grillo
  • Directors: Janet Grillo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HJ0ZS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw this at the SXSW film festival, and am getting in line here to preorder a copy. Beautiful, subtle performances by both female leads, even when yelling their heads off. I sort of expected one of those Lifetime "Heroic Mom withstands dire circumstances and in the end her Love Conquers All" things. You know, where the disabled child is nothing more than a way for the scriptwriter to illustrate how great Mom is?

Not so. The girl who played the autistic daughter (the actress is not autistic) wasn't just a collection of tics and screams: she was a complex person, and we got to see her that way. Really well done!
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Promoted in large part by Autism Speaks, which receives a portion of all DVD sales and Video on Demand viewing fees, there is no doubt that "Fly Away" will be discovered and embraced by those with a direct connection with autism. However, this brief and matter-of-fact film deserves a wider audience--so hopefully those that champion small independent films will help to build an awareness of this well meaning examination of mother love and sacrifice. The film presents a gritty and realistic look at the challenges that those with severe autism face as well as the repercussions the disease has on their immediate caregivers. And while not perfect--some minor roles are a bit heavy handed and there are a few issues in narrative flow--"Fly Away" is about as realistic as can be at the level of family intimacy and is bolstered by strong lead performances.

Janet Grillo's film chronicles an uncomfortable transitional period--when an afflicted girl is no longer a child, yet still maintains a childlike existence. Ashley Rickards plays the burgeoning woman whose frustrations have caused her to increasingly lash out at school and at home. Beth Broderick is a mother whose life is dedicated to her daughter, but who must make some hard choices about the future. When is it time to let go and entrust your child's well-being to others? She has subjugated her own independence and chance at happiness--yet when a new romantic interest as well as a new educational opportunity for Rickards coincide, it just might be time for some serious thought. Broderick wrestles with what would be best for everyone, but there are no easy answers and bright outlooks. Through it all, the film maintains a central realism as opposed to going for overwrought drama--and the choice is quietly effective.
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I have high functioning autism, among other things, and this is so scary as it is very realistic. From how the meltdowns are shown to the every day struggles, whomever did the research for this movie did exceptionally well. It broke my heart seeing how much the mom struggled with decisions with what was best for her daughter and herself as I know my parents went through that as well.
This is a must see for all those wanting to know more about autism and the challenges, rewards, weaknesses and strength it takes for all involved to deal with it.
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I had to watch a movie about a person with a disability for a class I was taking. I chose this movie because I never seen it and it was different from what most people were choosing. The actress that plays the teen with a disability does an excellent job. The movie was interesting and kept me engage. The only issue is just some of the scenes didn't always make 100% sense. That's the way many movies are though. So besides that the movie was decent and I'm glad they made it about a teen with autism.
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I had to watch this movie for a college class. It was very interesting, but was kind of a short movie and did not complete the entire story. It is good for someone who wants to get a better understanding of Autism and what parents go through, especially when considering a residential placement.
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This was in fact an entertaining film, but as the mother of an Autistic child, this is not quite realalistic. There was a time when people felt it necessary to interject their views constantly out in public but I do not see that anymore. I really only see it amonst the family members. In public I see people trying to be supportive even though they may say the wrong thing. As far as a single parent with an Autistic child, I cannot speak on their behalf as I do have a loving supportive husband that has never once considered leaving me and I do feel blessed for that. I still gave it four stars though because there is accuracy in many ways. Autistc children require things to be a certain way and they are very literal. You cannot promise them something and then not give it to them if they did not accomplish their duty to your specifications. It is best not to promise them anything but waite and reward them when they have accomplished something. Also many Autistic children do scream out in the night. Some do not sleep at all. Many are aggressive and it is very very hard on the parents and I could only imagine what it would be like for the single parent. So yes, this movie had some very accurate moments just not completely accurate moments. Oh and I don't think I would be looking to get married again if my husband were to leave me or die either. My son is very hard to love. It takes someone very special to understand him and I would fear that no one could understand him like his father and I do. So yes, I am sure many single mothers feel their life is about their children
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