The Myth of Fingerprints

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Overview

A superb cast enlivens this independent drama, which gets a better-than-average presentation on DVD. The Myth of Fingerprints has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on widescreen monitors. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Director Bart Freundlich and cinematographer Stephen Kazmierski team up for an alternate audio commentary track which ...
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Overview

A superb cast enlivens this independent drama, which gets a better-than-average presentation on DVD. The Myth of Fingerprints has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on widescreen monitors. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Director Bart Freundlich and cinematographer Stephen Kazmierski team up for an alternate audio commentary track which is at the top of the disc's list of extras; also included is the film's original trailer and biographies of the key cast and crew members.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered & anamorphic video; Widscreen presentation; Director and cinematographer audio commentary; Bonus trailer; Talent files
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Fascinating and underrated, this haunting ensemble drama from Bart Freundlich takes a great gamble, by weaving implication and delicate suggestion throughout its Thanksgiving weekend chronicle. The writer-director keeps everything subtle and low key, with past traumas of the central family left bubbling beneath the surface and manifest in quiet aural and visual clues. To be certain, a backstory exists - involving the children's psychological scars, parental pathology, buried memories - but these people are as repressed as their wintry New England environment, and true to life, we never get overt discussion of what happened, only scattered clues in behavior and dialogue. "I can't tell you why I love your father," mother Lena (Blythe Danner) tells one of the children, "But I still do." Why still? We may think we have it figured out, but Freundlich keeps on disclosing new information, right up through the final sequence - a projection of a bizarre home movie from decades past. This is a disturbing picture, and not an easy sit, but Freundlich demonstrates courage by only giving us the minimum information that we need to make our own deductions. He also has an extraordinary hand with actors, and coaxes outstanding performances from the entire ensemble; Danner, Scheider, Wyle, Moore and Davis are uniformly superb. Though extremely offbeat and eccentric, Fingerprints is almost entirely successful on its own terms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2000
  • UPC: 043396047501
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arija Bareikis Daphne
Noah Wyle Warren
Blythe Danner Lena
Hope Davis Margaret
Laurel Holloman Leigh
Brian Kerwin Elliott
Julianne Moore Mia
Roy Scheider Hal
James LeGros Cezanne
Michael Vartan Jake
Technical Credits
Bart Freundlich Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Howard Bernstein Associate Producer
Susan Bolles Production Designer
David Bridie Songwriter
Lucy W. Corrigan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jesse Feigelman Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Stephen Kazmierski Cinematographer
John McFarlane Art Director
Tim Perell Producer
John Phillips Songwriter
Catherine Pierson Set Decoration/Design
Ken J. Sackheim Editor
James Schamus Executive Producer
Peter Schneider Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Jane Skalski Producer
David Wechsler Asst. Director
Kate Williams Editor
Noah Wyle Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:19]
2. One Day Early [1:59]
3. Mia Comes Home [2:14]
4. Jake [1:03]
5. Leigh [2:25]
6. Brotherly Talk Time [1:19]
7. Teasing Mia [2:54]
8. Giving Thanks [1:20]
9. Midnight Ramblers [4:46]
10. Plans & Schedules [3:43]
11. Daphne [2:07]
12. "Why Did You Leave?" [5:32]
13. Turkey Shoot [1:02]
14. Kindling [1:18]
15. Cezanne [6:35]
16. Stress Release [2:22]
17. Table Conversions [2:16]
18. Looking For The Past [2:23]
19. "Just Kiss Me." [3:21]
20. Song Of Confusion [2:31]
21. Faith, Trust & Emotion [1:29]
22. A Walk With Hal [5:57]
23. Sad Ending [1:27]
24. "What's The Matter?" [4:24]
25. Thanksgiving Dinner [2:18]
26. Cutting In [3:55]
27. "I Saw Him." [2:52]
28. New Beginnings [5:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
   Special Features
      Director and Cinematographer Commentary: ON
      Director and Cinematographer Commentary: OFF
      Talent Files
         Bart Freundlich
         Julianne Moore
      Bonus Trailer
         The End of the Affair (1999)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensitive Insights into Powerful Family Dynamics

    This look inside a semi-dysfunctional family is relevant, realistic and captivating without being depressing. It reminded me of aspects of my own family's dysfunction and helped me understand how some family members can be emotionally damamged for life, while others appear to be OK, but in fact suffer in different ways. In reading the interview with the writer/director on another site, he explained how he wanted to communicate why it is so difficult to change one's family dynamics. One or two of the family members attempt to confront aspects of the family dysfunction: their abusive father and co-dependent mother, but the truth it begins to uncover is just too emotionally painful and overwhelming to manage. And it just is not be worth all the emotional effort now that they do not live at home. The oldest daughter, who is most open and honest emotionally, but the most damaged emotionally, always ends up feeling like a 'bad' person and becomes a sort of convenient scapegoat or target of blame/shame. So the family members more or less decide (without ever actually speaking about it)that the best solution is to just go on living their own lives at a nice safe distance (emotional and physical) from each other. The real lack of 'family' in any other sense than name, is due to the inability and unwillingness of the parents to honestly feel their own pain, confront inner despair and emptiness. So sadly, they never grow emotionally or move beyond their unhealthy, isolated lives. So in that sense the movie paints a sad picture of what goes on in most families to a greater or lessor extent. But it also shows how life goes on and the children make better, different choices. They each struggle indivdually as they try to recreate that 'sense of family' in healthier relationships of their own choosing. Everyone can benefit from the insights into family issues from this movie!

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