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Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies

Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies

Aug. 07, 2008108 Min.
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Watch: Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies, Full Movie Online – A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he’s in his 30’s, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister’s college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds to the point when the thin thread keeping them as a family threatens to break, and there’s a fight. During Michael’s trip home, there’s an unexpected death which prolongs his stay and brings to the light his relationship with his father, his aunt, and her young children. Michael’s estranged wife joins them for the funeral..
Plot: The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
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6.4/10 Votes: 13,116
23% | RottenTomatoes
34/100 | MetaCritic
N/A Votes: 171 Popularity: 9.376 | TMDB


Emily Watson and Hayden Panettiere CANNOT be the same character
Charles Taylor (Willem Dafoe) is a domineering abusive father to Michael and constantly fighting with his wife Lisa (Julia Roberts). As an adult, Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a successful romance novel writer. He’s coming home to see his mother graduate with his sister Ryne (Shannon Lucio). He’s still bitter at his ex-wife Kelly Hanson (Carrie-Anne Moss). Lisa has a younger sister Jane (Hayden Panettiere/Emily Watson). As Charles and Lisa drive to her graduation from college, they get into an accident killing Lisa. This movie flashes back a lot to Michael as a young boy when Jane comes to live with them.

The flashbacks are handled poorly. There are too many of them and it’s a confusing mess to get a handle on who’s who in all of this. It doesn’t help that Emily Watson is nothing like Hayden Panettiere. I don’t mean their looks. They don’t have the same personality. It needs to settle down on all the main characters before they do extensive flashbacks. It all ends up in a ball of chaos.

The good part is Willem Dafoe. He has the power of presence. He sells his domineering personality. Ryan Reynolds holds his own. There are some good actors in this movie. There is a compelling dysfunctional family drama, but writer/director Dennis Lee can’t quite put it all together. With the caliber of actors, this should have made a much better movie.

Review By: SnoopyStyle
The very picture of an irreversibly dysfunctional family
“Fireflies in the Garden” is one of those rare movies where a stellar cast and script based on a Robert Frost poem (!) could not get itself a release. Four years later, it got a straight-to-DVD release. And for good reason, it’s really bad. It’s a dysfunctional family drama where the characters are messed up from beginning to middle to end. There is no relief, comedy or otherwise, from the dysfunction.

It starts with the guise that perhaps it’s not dysfunctional from the very beginning, but no, it is. I made the mistake of reading the back of the DVD case, where I was informed that the Taylors are the very picture of a happy and successful American family. I wonder what constitutes a successful family: Is it the father emotionally and physically abusing his son? Or the husband emotionally and physically abusing his wife? Or the inappropriate relationship between aunt and nephew? Because all of that was conveyed to us in the first two scenes. Not from the very first minute did I confuse this family as a happy and successful one.

The film also implies that the family wants to get out from their past and start afresh. Whether they want to or not, that’s not going to happen because they don’t even know what a happy and successful family looks like let alone how to be one.

The now grown up son, Michael (Ryan Reynolds) has returned home along with his sister and aunt and father (Willem Dafoe). Michael is a writer because it’s the classic profession to be able to rid yourself of past demons. I was expecting a sort of mystery to develop as the film certainly did imply that each character was hiding something. Of course they were hiding things – repressed emotions. Which doesn’t build to a mystery but melodrama.

The title refers to the Frost poem but also one of their childhood activities. Along with everyone I know, on warm summer evenings when the fireflies would be out in their brilliant glory, we would catch them in jars, keep them in our bedrooms, trying to savour the magic of the night. But not the Taylor kids. On warm summer evenings when the glowing fireflies were out, they would go and kill them. Any sympathy was instantly lost, never to be regained.

Review By: napierslogs

Other Information:

Original Title Fireflies in the Garden
Release Date 2008-08-07
Release Year 2008

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 2 hr (120 min) (Israel), 2 hr (120 min) (Argentina), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (theatrical) (Germany), 2 hr (120 min) (Berlin International) (Germany), 1 hr 34 min (94 min) (DVD) (Australia)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama
Director Dennis Lee
Writer Dennis Lee
Actors Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (dailies), Technicolor Digital Intermediates (digital intermediate), West Coast Photo, USA (stills lab)
Film Length 2,720 m (Portugal, 35 mm), 2,790 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 500T 8573, Eterna 400T 8583)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)

Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies
Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies
Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies
Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies
Fireflies in the Garden 2008 123movies
Original title Fireflies in the Garden
TMDb Rating 6.143 171 votes

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