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
FAMILY DRAMA Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts in Fireflies In The Garden (Van Redin)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson; Director: Dennis Lee; Author: Dennis Lee; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: R
Posted October 21 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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