The Simian Line

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Released 2005

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The Simian Line

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Director:
Linda Yellen
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
In addition to declaring that Katharine's (Lynn Redgrave) head and heart line are hopelessly fused into one "simian line", eccentric palm reader/fortune-teller Arnita (Tyne Daly) makes a dire prediction: By the end of the year, one of the couples present at a Halloween party will have broken up. But will it be Katherine and her much-younger boyfriend Rick (Harry Connick Jr.); her upstairs tenants Marta and Billy or new yuppie neighbors Sandra (Cindy Crawford) and Paul? Fueled by Arnita's prediction, each of the couples begins to drift apart in a sea of doubt and distrust. Can the "divine" intervention of two well-meaning ghosts (William Hurt and Samantha Mathis) keep these earthly conflicts from erupting into multiple self-fulfilling prophecies?

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety

    Though picture is at times undermined by a lack of unifying perspective, its glimmers of greatness are a testament to the talent involved.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    These formidable actresses [Redgrave and Daly], abetted by a persuasive Connick, and by Hurt as the most genteel and benevolent of ghosts, set a high standard for a splendid ensemb...

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Might be described as a muddy, cliché-ridden sudsfest that lurches uncertainly between comedy and soap opera without finding its emotional or visual footing.

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    Drama

    Themes

    Psychological, Independent, Love & Romance