Fireflies in the Garden
Time Out says
The story starts promisingly enough, with that reliable dramatic chestnut, the reunion. Estranged son Michael (Reynolds) returns to the homestead to find that his mother (Roberts) has just died in a car wreck. But this is the first and final surprise of Dennis Lee’s script, which ticks off every cliché in the family saga playbook: overbearing dad, moody teen, cute next-generation kiddies, clandestine affairs, alcoholism and resentment. It’s not a bad film – Lee directs with subtle grace and the cast is predictably strong – but it’s saddled with too many characters, not enough drama and a strong sense of overfamiliarity.