The subject of human flight has been explored by filmmakers in several imaginative pictures, including Robert Altman's BREWSTER McCLOUD (1970) and Alan Parker's BIRDY (1984). THE BOY WHO COULD FLY is another variation on this idea, presented as a gentle and often-touching evocation of
adolescent pains and joys. As the film opens, the recently widowed Charlene (Bonnie Bedelia) has moved into a new home with her 15-year-old daughter, Milly (Lucy Deakins), and 8-year-old son, Louis (Fred Savage). As the family struggles to adjust to the new surroundings, Milly becomes friendly
with her autistic neighbor (Jay Underwood), a boy who believes he can fly.
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