One of my more pleasant surprises at SXSW was Janet Grillo’s Fly Away. It’s a film that’s been flying under the radar — this trailer’s been out since December, but it wasn’t until Apple picked it up that it really got any attention. It’s a shame, because it was a great little movie, a story about a disabled child that wasn’t about a disabled child, but rather about the rather complicated and often difficult family dynamics that are involved. Here’s a bit o’ synopsis for you:
The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter’s future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, and herself? A parent-child love story, when love means letting go.
Yes, that reads awfully shmaltzy, and it sounds a little Lifetime-y. And at times, the film is just that. But that’s a tiny part of it — the film is much better, and smarter, than that.
Here’s the trailer: