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Fireflies In The Garden Julia Roberts

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FAMILY DRAMA Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts in Fireflies In The Garden
Van Redin

Fireflies in the Garden

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
88 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/14/11
performer:
Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson
director:
Dennis Lee
author:
Dennis Lee
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Fireflies In The Garden, this pained semiautobiographical drama by writer-director Dennis Lee features lovely color-drained photography and strong performances from a starry cast led by a surprisingly subtle Ryan Reynolds and a gentle Julia Roberts. But the sadistic father (Willem Dafoe, what are the odds?) is a monster without explanation. And the resentments acted out at the dining table by the rest of this miserable family — gathered for a graduation celebration that turns into a wake — are so oppressive that Eugene O’Neill might ask, ”Too much?” C