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Fireflies in the Garden (2011)

Fireflies in the Garden

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 14, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

120 min.

Studio

Senator Entertainment

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Dennis Lee

Producer

Marco Weber, Vanessa Coifman, Sukee Chew

Screenwriter

Dennis Lee

Starring

Story


"Fireflies in the Garden" is a portrait of a family, at once bound together and torn apart by an unexpected tragedy.

Michael Taylor (Ryan Reynolds) is an author who has channeled his painful childhood memories into his novels. With some reluctance, he is flying home for his mother Lisa's (Julia Roberts) college graduation. After a lifetime of putting everyone else first, stroking her husband's (Willem Dafoe) massively insecure ego and raising her children in spite of that, it's Lisa's turn. What should be a moment of great celebration turns into a tragic reunion when Lisa is killed in a car accident, leaving father, son and family to pick up the pieces.

While preparing for their mother's funeral, memories are relived and secrets are revealed which will test the family bond. After a childhood of hiding in his father's shadows, protected by his mother, Michael must confront his past and find an understanding of his family, his father and himself.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..is the movie perfect? Far from it..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
“..is admittedly mawkish overall, but it tends to operate in a low key..”
by William Goss [Film.com]
“..actors are all capable, but they seem to drop in and out of the timeline as required..”
by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun-Times]