Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 11:48PM
Fireflies in the Garden premiered back in February at the Berlin Film Festival, and it very much has the luck of a festival-friendly movie. With its impressive ensemble, its non-linear storyline, and some pretty scarring family drama, the film is not one likely to pack 'em in, despite the presence of Julia Roberts. That doesn't mean this is a bad movie, of course, merely that it won't do Pretty Woman business, a comparison I realize is terribly unfair to Roberts at this point in her career. After all, she won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich (in a performance I'll gladly defend if you want to challenge me), and how quickly we forget her work in Closer. Still, Fireflies in the Garden looks like it's tackling some things head-on rather than sweeping subjects under the rug, and that's always a good thing for drama. In this case, the Waetcher family has a tough time keeping it all together after an unexpected tragedy, and the arc of the story covers some 20 years. In addition to Roberts, the cast includes Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Panettiere, Ioan Gruffudd and Carrie-Anne Moss. A new international trailer for the film surfaced recently at Worst Previews, and here it is. Mind the subtitles.
Fireflies in the Garden will be released before
the end of the year.