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Fireflies in the Garden (2008)

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The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael
... Charles
... Jane
... Kelly (as Carrie Anne Moss)
... Lisa
... Addison
... Young Jane
... Ryne
... Young Michael
... Jimmy (as George Newburn)
... Christopher
... Leslie
Diane Perella ... Flight Attendant
... Social Worker
John C. Stennfeld ... Reverend Byers (as Reverend John Stennfeld)
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Storyline

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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Having a son is not the same as being a father. See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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17 July 2008 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Luciérnagas en el jardín  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,884, 14 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,393,161, 3 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,393,161, 3 November 2011
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According to director Dennis Lee, the first person who read the script was Carrie-Anne Moss. See more »

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When Kelly first appears walking into the house after the funeral, the boom mic is visibly above the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [sits down near Christopher on the roof] I love what you've done with the room.
[lights a cigarette]
Michael: I used to come out here a lot when I was grounded.
Christopher: [sniffing because he was crying] Mom told me you were always getting in trouble.
Michael: She should talk.
Christopher: [crossly] What's that supposed to mean?
Michael: Before your mother was a mom, she was my best friend.
Christopher: [sarcastically] You guys have tea parties together?
Michael: Yeah, occasionally. Your mother taught me everything I shouldn't know, smartass.
Christopher: Like how to write like a ...
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References Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Trio in A minor (Op. 50)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky)
Performed by The Vincent Trio
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What a mess of a film.
25 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I'm an American living in Europe and usually when I see a film with such a fine cast released here before it is in the States an alarm goes off in my head. Normally that means the film is junk and they want to make some money back before word gets around. I read the 2 other IMDb reviews and thought maybe it's not too bad. I then read the Hollywood Reporter, and Variety's reviews, which were not as kind. But I decided to take a drive over to Maastricht, Holland to form my own opinion of FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN. The first 15 minutes I thought, okay maybe this cast can rise above the seemingly Lifetime special material. But in the end it was clear they couldn't. I've seen much finer Lifetime movies (because of my wife). I can't understand WHY the cast agreed to making this movie. The characters were inconsistent and the script was sloppy. It seemed as though a reel had gone missing, some footage had been erased or maybe they had forgotten to film 30 pages of the script. Characters make huge changes for no apparent reason. Plot points are mentioned but never followed through. I could go on forever but I'm not sure about what. There is no substance to FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN. It's a pure waste of your time and it's talent. Clearly they thought they were making a solid family drama like ORDINARY PEOPLE or IN THE BEDROOM but they certainly did not succeed on any level. So unfortunately my theory about the US dumping its cinematic junk on the rest of the world for a quick buck has proved true again.


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