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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day.

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Bart Freundlich

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Bart Freundlich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randee Allen Randee Allen ... Waitress
Arija Bareikis ... Daphne
Justin Barreto Justin Barreto ... Young Jake
Chris Bauer ... Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois Nicholas Bourgeois ... Young Warren
Tom Cumler Tom Cumler ... Man at Train Station
Blythe Danner ... Lena
Hope Davis ... Margaret
Christopher Duva Christopher Duva ... Tom
Kelsey Gunn Kelsey Gunn ... Young Leigh
Laurel Holloman ... Leigh
Brian Kerwin ... Elliot
James Le Gros ... Cezanne (as James LeGros)
Julianne Moore ... Mia
Polly Pelletier Polly Pelletier ... Young Mia
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An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day. Written by Jonathan Fox

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back home See more »

Filming Locations:

Andover, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,533, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:

$523,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$523,025
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture featured approximately eight dining room sequences. See more »

Quotes

Jake: I know your true passion theory about two people destined to be together, but we can't all be filled with that much faith, trust and emotion. It just means if you have someone you're not alone. You're not going to find that in some fairy tale romance. Sometimes you have to sit through low times where you don't necessarily feel overwhelmingly, totally in love all the time.
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Lost in Space
Written by Dean Wareham / Justin Harwood / Sean Eden / Stanley Demeski
Performed by Luna
Published by Moon Palace Songs / Sub Pop Songs / Songs of PolyGram International Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Intensity comes from inside
27 February 2001 | by christof.diemSee all my reviews

"The Myth of Fingerprints" promises reality and the audience is in fact confronted with a wave of honest, hurting, wonderful, banal, outstanding and intense situations. Everything turns out to be the pure essence of life. During the whole movie the spectator is looking for an extra-ordinary action that makes sure that "The Myth of Fingerprints" is a film, a visualized story, an artificial product but the expectations are again and again reduced to absurdity. Because life doesn't mean to immediately commit suicide when something does go wrong, real life is far away from having responses to all asked questions. Life is often quiet and simple with some beautiful, warm and grand moments. "The Myth of Fingerprints" is life projected to the screen: authentic and beautifully simple. The cast is brilliant and Julianne Moore, as always, gives a wonderful performance showing the versatility of a disillusioned character that though is still desperately looking for love, sympathy and understanding. 9/10


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