LIGHTNING BUGS IN A JAR

By Ian SIMPSON, Sara WOLKOWITZ

STOLEN CHICKEN PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2015

When a mother and son with a caustic history are reunited to pack-up their old house, sparks fly as long-buried secrets are revealed, and it might fall upon the shoulders of the son's boyfriend to help heal old wounds...

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Cannes 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 23 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ian SIMPSON, Sara WOLKOWITZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Ian SIMPSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Sophia BETZ (Stolen Chicken Productions), Ian SIMPSON (Stolen Chicken Productions), Sara WOLKOWITZ (Stolen Chicken Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • LIGHTNING BUGS IN A JAR is the story of the fractured relationship between a mother, Farrah, and her 22 year-old—but far-from-'adult'—son, Max. Both harbor serious issues that date back fifteen years—wounds that refuse to heal because neither will fully face the painful truth of a tragedy that tore their family apart. As mother and son begrudgingly co-exist under the same roof for the first time in years in order to pack and sell the house in which Max was raised, it is Max's steadfast boyfriend, Ben, through whose eyes we observe this caustic dynamic.

      Wrought with dysfunction, the mother-son relationship runs hot-to-cold without warning, and it unexpectedly falls upon Ben to become the glue that binds Max and Farrah, as well as act as a detective of sorts: confronted with the discovery of what hurts the pair most, Ben must work quickly in order to give them a chance at ‘family hood’ again.

      By turns wickedly funny and deeply moving, LIGHTNING BUGS... is a portrait of humanity at its most delicate, love at its most uncompromising, and life in all its raw, surprising beauty...
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