Watch This: Anna Paquin mothers a flock of birds in a gorgeous coming-of-age drama

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: It’s Pets Week here at The A.V. Club, so we’re recommending movies about the sometimes sweet, sometimes weird, always meaningful relationship between people and animals.

Fly Away Home (1996)

Carroll Ballard made his feature-directing debut with 1979’s The Black Stallion, an adaptation of Walter Farley’s coming-of-age novel, converted by Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel into a lovely, stirring explication of mankind’s place in the natural world. Ballard and Deschanel then reunited for 1996’s Fly Away Home, another adaption that finds a personal angle on someone else’s story. Fly Away Home is based on Canadian inventor and naturalist Bill Lishman’s memoir Father Goose: One Man, A Gaggle Of Geese, And Their Real Life Incredible Journey South, a book about how he trained a flock …

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