Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Sundance Film Fest
"A gentle, bittersweet sci-fi"
"Marjorie Prime is refreshingly free of the rote doom and gloom that clings to many movies addressing the Great Tech Takeover"
"Veteran director Michael AlmereydaAlmereyda (Nadja, Hamlet) has apparently found his niche as a storyteller of big philosophical ideas and complex inquiries into human nature"
"This is the rare recent stage-to-screen adaptation that actually improves on the source... Almereyda's smart script also has rendered the material more dramatically satisfying, locating a poignant emotional undercurrent that remained muted onstage"
"The narrative depth...accrues gently, like sedimentary layers, as the film progresses, looking deceptively slight at first but gradually building into something more profound"
Eye for Film
"With nuance and an introspective eye, Almereyda creates a beautifully bleak, hypnagogic world in Marjorie Prime that allows its pensive themes to flourish"
Michael Almereyda's complex and moving film introduces us to Walter Prime (Jon Hamm), a hologram meant to help the aged Marjorie (stage legend Lois Smith) recall treasured memories shared with her 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. While he is there to help her remember happier times, his immersive presence ignites feelings and memories both good and troubling for Marjorie, her daughter Tess (Geena Davis), and son-in-law Jon (Tim Robbins), who are unnerved by this potent technology. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, as Marjorie's Prime seems to deny or erase traumatic experience, and even the value of family.
Marjorie Prime is a provocative reworking of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, and a heartbreaking Lois Smith, who reprises her stage role as Marjorie (that she originated onstage in 2014), delivers a tour-de-force performance, bringing real heart to this virtual-reality story.
Directed by Michael Almereyda, U.S.A., 2016, 99 mins.
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