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Marjorie Prime (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Intimate in setting yet ambitious in scope, the beautifully acted Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about memory, humanity, and love.

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Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie's "Prime" relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast, Marjorie Prime shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almaryeda's poetic film forces us to face the question-If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?

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Cast

Jon Hamm
as Walter
Lois Smith
as Marjorie
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Salveson
Azumi Tsutsui
as 2nd generation Marjorie, age 30
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Critic Reviews for Marjorie Prime

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (22)

Set in the not-too-distant future, Marjorie Prime leverages plausible computer technology to explore the very human nature of life, death, family and memory.

December 1, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

A gentle story that is no less profound for being so.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As a sly chamber piece, it reassures and unsettles in equal, exquisitely calibrated measure.

August 31, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The exchanges feel slightly redundant at times. The stagey origins of the material surface occasionally. Minor bumps, though, in a unique psychological journey.

August 24, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The haunting and allusive Marjorie Prime is a sci-fi film set in the near future but its emotional resonance is bracingly immediate.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The film, with its coastal haze and its fickle gusts of rain, is likely to lodge in your memory. Or, as it will soon be called, your hard drive.

August 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marjorie Prime

I expected Marjorie Prime to present me with some sort of philosophical quandary, however, I expected that quandary to relate to the standard robot stuff: Identity, humanity, what it means to be alive, that old chestnut. Instead, Marjorie Prime philosophises about memory, and beyond that, truth. Still doesn't stop it from being pretty crap though.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

½

In a gentler future than the one's proposed by Skynet artificial intelligence has it's metaphorical hands full just trying to figure us out, much less be our friend. A quiet,sedate, adult offering with meaty chunks to chew over and meditate on, this is best perhaps enjoyed on a rainy day. Resonant and smart. Intuitive.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An often fascinating science-fiction meditation on memory and one that proves that the genre doesn't need a large budget or even special effects to be convincing. Lois Smith remains a national treasure.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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