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"The Myth of Fingerprints"

"The Myth of Fingerprints" (title borrowed from a Paul Simon song) is first-time writer/director Bart Freundlich's entrance into the dysfunctional family syndrome flick. The difference is the super talented cast he has to work with. Roy Scheider as a monosyllabic father and Blythe Danner as the mother who's the cog of this particular family. Arrive the siblings, Julianne Moore, Noah Wyle, (on leave from "ER"), Michael Vartan and Laurel Holloman for the prerequisite Thanksgiving Dinner and you have a setting with lots of stuffing.

The skeletons start falling out of everybody's closet. Hope Davis is a contributing player. Julianne Moore seems to have more angst and lashes at the others with discreet venom. Noah Wyle, who did not take much of a gamble in his role, definitely identified with this family. It didn't receive any awards at the Sundance Festival. Maybe too slick for their taste or maybe the fact that it was so well done, politics didn't let it be the winner that it is. The heartbreak and the good dose of humor makes it a must see flick. There was a great deal of love poured into it. With Wyle, falling in love with his make-up artist, Tracy Warbin and Julianne Moore falling in love with Bart Freundlich and expecting his child in November.

The film was shot in a rambling house in Maine in about a month's time. Which should be an indication to the self-indulgent filmmaker that you can still make a film for a million dollars and the public will acknowledge its merits. My wishes for this film would be that ticket buyers leave millions of fingerprints at the box-office.

The Myth of Fingerprints
Sony Pictures Classics
Good Machine, Eureka Pictures
Produced by: Mary Jane Skalski, Tim Perell, Bart Freundlich
Executive Producers: James Schamus, Ted Hope
Writer/Director: Bart Freundlich
With: Noah Wyle, Julianne Moore, Hope Davis, Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Michael Vartan, Laurel Holloman, Arija Bareikis, Brian Kerwin, James LeGros
Cinematography by: Stephen Kazmierski
Rated: R
The film had its world premiere at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival

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Original Date Monday 13 October 1997
Updated Tuesday 14 October 1997