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The Myth of Fingerprints

Director/Writer:Bart Freundlich
Director of Photography:Stephen Kazmierski
Editors:Kate Williams and Ken J. Sackheim
Music:David Bridie and John Phillips
Production Designer:Susan Bolles
Producers:Mary Jane Skalski, Tim Perell and Bart Freundlich
Sony Pictures; R; 90 minutes
Release:9/97
Cast:Blythe Danner, Hope Davis, Laurel Holloman, Brian Kerwin, James LeGros, Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider, Noah Wyle, Arija Bareikis and Michael Vartan

Writer/director Freundlich takes us behind the scenes at a wealthy, WASPy family gathering. When four adult children, Warren (Wyle), Jake (Vartan), Mia (Moore) and Leigh (Holloman) return to the family home for Thanksgiving after a three-year absence, a lot of pent up emotions surface. Not much action occurs over the course of the weekend, just plenty of arguments, awkwardness and angst as the family unravels. Despite the Martha Stewart-like backdrop, this is one dysfunctional family. It's hard to feel sympathy for the characters given the privileged environment.


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