Marjorie Prime

  • 98'
  • USA
  • 2017

In an era when artificial intelligence has become very normal, the 86-year-old Marjorie is kept company by an inquisitive hologram. This 'prime' is a younger version of her deceased husband Walter, who shares reminiscences with Marjorie to train her failing memory. But the prime only knows the facts and memories he’s been told, so they can also be manipulated – by Marjorie, or for instance by her son-in-law Jon.
In this way, the holographic (and in many ways improved) version of Walter starts to form part of an idealised past. Who Walter really was seems to become less and less important. “Nobody is who he was, nor will be who he is now”, the prime concludes in one of the thought-provoking dialogues in this modestly filmed version of the play by Jordan Harrison. Lois Smith reprises her stage role as Marjorie, alongside Jon ‘Mad Men’ Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.

Director
Michael Almereyda
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Uri Singer / Passage Pictures
Production Company
Passage Pictures
Sales
Fortitude International
Screenplay
Michael Almereyda, based on a play by Jordan Harrison
Cinematography
Sean Price Williams
Editor
Kathryn J. Schubert
Production Design
Javiera Varas
Sound Design
Rob Daly
Music
Mica Levi
Cast
Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Geena Davis , Lois Smith , Stephanie Andujar, Leslie Lyles
Website
http://www.marjorieprimethemovie.com/