A Thanks-Giving weekend brings a family together for the first time in three years. The parents, Lena (Blythe Danner) and Hal (Roy Scheider) have differing emotions about the gathering: she\'s happy to have everyone home while Hal gripes about the whole event, especially concerning son Warren (Noah Wyle) who abruptly left years ago after his relationship with Daphne (Arija Bareikis), the love of his life, ended. Youngest daughter, Leigh (Laurel Holloman) is also present, instantly flirting with Elliot (Brian Kerwin), the psychiatrist husband of her bitter, angry sister, Mia (Julianne Moore). Finally, son Jake (Michael Vartan) and his friendly, outgoing girlfriend Margaret (Hope Davis) arrive. Family tensions and bickering soon erupt and the kids realise that their father is becoming senile. As the weekend progresses, the family does what it can to stay together.
 

3.5
Four grown, emotionally distant siblings return to their parents\' chilly Maine estate for Thanksgiving weekend.

There`s something about family relationships that provides endlessly fertile ground for filmmakers, and it`s something that I always find fascinating. Thanksgiving in the United States seems to be the one time in the year that the family gathers, and so it is in The Myth of Fingerprints that at Thanksgiving the four children of Lena - Blythe Danner - and Hal - Roy Scheider - return to Maine and the rather icy confines of their home. Warren - played by E.R`s Noah Wyle - still can`t get over his early love of local girl Daphne - Arija Bareikis. Jake - Michael Vartan - arrives with up-front girlfriend Margaret - Hope Davis, and Mia - Julianne Moore - is with her latest, psychologist Elliot - Brian Kerwin. And then there`s the youngest Leigh - Laurel Holloman.... The truly strange element in the family is father Hal, who doesn`t seem to like anyone disturbing his uneventful life.... The Myth of Fingerprints doesn`t cover much new ground, but as a first film by writer/director Bart Freundlich it delivers in terms of performance from a very good ensemble cast, from its visual strength and believable dialogue and satisfactory individual scenes... What the film doesn`t actually deliver is a sense of satisfaction for the audience at having lived through the holiday weekend with this particular family...nothing much is resolved. Hal remains an enigma and while Mia explores a potential relationship with former primary school buddy Cezanne - James LeGros - that too offers fragmentary insight into this most difficult member of the family. But maybe this is what family life is really all about - something to be avoided because nothing is ever really resolved and yet the damage hungs palpably in the air. I never mind traversing this particular territory in film.