Archive of films The Myth of Fingerprints / The Myth of Fingerprints

1997, 93 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2019

Although they look like an ideal American family, it has been a long time since they last met at the same table. When four adult children visit their parents at their home in New England for the first time in years, you can be sure it will be no ordinary Thanksgiving.


Bart Freundlich’s 1997 feature debut tells the story of a dysfunctional family that comes together for Thanksgiving at their New England home. For the adult children returning for the first time in three long years, their parents’ estrangement comes as an unpleasant surprise. They will have to reassess their place in the family and their relationships with their other siblings. This bittersweet comedy about complicated family ties relies on the synergy of outstanding actors, among whom Roy Scheider excels as the taciturn, alienated father, while Julianne Moore nails the role of the oldest daughter, Mia – a big-city snob who distains her family’s rural roots.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Bart Freundlich (b. 1970, New York). Selected filmography: The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), World Traveler (2001), Catch That Kid (2004), Trust the Man (2005), The Rebound (2009), Wolves (2016), After the Wedding (2019)


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Special Events
Director: Bart Freundlich
Screenplay: Bart Freundlich
Dir. of Photography: Stephen Kazmierski
Editor: Ken J. Sackheim, Kate Williams
Art Director: John McFarlane
Producer: Bart Freundlich, Tim Perell, Mary Jane Skalski
Production: Eureka Pictures, Good Machine
Cast: Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider, Noah Wyle, Michael Rupert
Sales: Park Circus Limited


Bart Freundlich

Julianne Moore


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