Movies like Fireflies in the Garden

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Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
 6.5
 12K
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, college graduate, writer's life, punishment, family gatherings, family reunited, siblings relations, reunion, graduation, rules and policies, artists and showbiz, cheating wife, fishing, depression, aunt, running away from home, abusive father, sexual awakening, anger ...

Most similar movies to Fireflies in the Garden

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch and siblings relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Fireflies in the Garden: Archipelago (2010), The Sound & the Fury (2014), Duet for One (1986), Alpha Male (2006), When Andrew Came Home (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 2K
Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere
Plot: estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, siblings relations, family relations, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, island, introspection, family problems, hopes, resort
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Sound & the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, captivating, gloomy
Plot: family, downfall, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems, family life, family relations, life is a bitch, family in crisis, disintegration, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.0
 761
Duet for One (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Stephanie, a famous violinist, contracts multiple sclerosis her life begins to fall apart. Her career ends, her husband leaves her for another woman and her favorite pupil leave the country. Unable to bear all this loss, Stephanie attempts ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: disability, life is a bitch, tragic hero, family problems, musician's life, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, life turned upside down, family in crisis, couples, multiple sclerosis, family relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.6
 310
Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: unfulfillment, family gatherings, parents and children, love and romance, family in crisis, elderly lovers, estrangement, family problems, couples, family life, death in the family, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: captivity, family relations, kids in trouble, youth, reunion, danger, single parent, kidnapping, estrangement, confined, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.8
 738
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: moral dilemma, parents and children, family life, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, working class, self discovery, youth, teenage life, family problems, friendship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Death of a Salesman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make ...
Style: emotional, sincere, atmospheric, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, american dream, mental illness, parents and children, estrangement, life is a bitch, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, elderly, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: touching, rough, gloomy, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, human nature, introspection, society, addiction, dysfunctional family, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family in crisis, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: serious, bleak, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, down on your luck, working class, americana, juvenile delinquency, family relations, coming of age, family in crisis, hopes, parents and children, crimes, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, gloomy, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, hopes, unfulfillment, family in crisis, suburban life, parents and children, domestic disturbance, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 902
The Sisters (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters" about siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father and try to reconcile relationships in their own lives.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, lifestyle, family life, family problems, estrangement, overdose, family relations, family gatherings, dealing with death, siblings relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, coming of age, teenage girl, custody battle, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, hopes, manipulations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, serious, bilingual
Plot: homecoming, puerto rican, family in crisis, crimes, hopes, parents and children, estrangement, starting over, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, going straight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Poker House (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Agnes and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: pimp, coming of age, drug abuse, family in crisis, prostitute, family relations, small town, teenage life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, down on your luck, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 679
Emile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.
Style: realistic, touching, gloomy, sincere, serious ...
Plot: orphan, college, family problems, family life, family relations, family in crisis, siblings relations, university, introspection, human nature, starting over, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, canada, england, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, friends, beach, politics, tragic love, showbiz, disagreement, starting over, haunted by the past, terminal illness, orphan, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.7
 639
Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: gloomy, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Plot: family gatherings, siblings relations, family problems, family life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, estrangement, homecoming, family relations, under the surface, male nudity
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching, serious
Plot: twins, disability, haunted by the past, obsession, down syndrome, child illness, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, crumbling marriage, love and romance, mentally challenged ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 1960s
Place: kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, small town, rivalry, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
About Her Brother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending ...
Style: psychological, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: reunion, family relations, family in crisis, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, hopes, siblings relations, human nature, redemption, family problems, family feud, terminal illness
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, tennis court, infidelity, dysfunctional family, tennis, family relations, couples, love affair, couple relations, family in crisis, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, survival, life is a bitch, couple relations, couples, against the odds, family in crisis, parents and children, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Home Sweet Home (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The wife and son of an unemployed, foul-tempered man suffer under ever-worsening domestic violence. One day while his father is taking a nap, the young son decides to take matters into his own hands. In a panic, the wife and son both believe the man ...
Style: touching, psychological, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: family in crisis, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, family relations, family problems, homecoming, dysfunctional family, unsupportive spouse, disability, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 121
Inheritance (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Palestinian family living in the north of Galilee gathers to celebrate the wedding of one of their daughters, as war rages between Israel and Lebanon. Internal conflicts explode between the family - secrets are revealed and lies are unmasked. The ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional
Plot: love and romance, family gatherings, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family life, family problems, forbidden love, village, wartime life, family in crisis, human nature, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.5
 495
Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional
Plot: haunted by the past, estrangement, siblings relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, death in the family, family life, love affair, family problems, couples, hopes, family gatherings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious
Plot: adoption, society, interracial relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, foster parent, birth mother, housewife, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, miraculous event, elderly lovers, unfulfillment, ocean or sea, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 923
Open Window (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, psychological
Plot: dysfunctional family, vegetarian, family in crisis, unfulfillment, couple relations, hopes, parents and children, introspection, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 883
Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional character, neo realism, negligence, family relations, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%