Marjorie Prime — Trailer


added: Wed, Jul 26th '17

Mad Men's Jon Hamm plays a human hologram who unintentionally drives an emotional wedge between a daughter (Oscar-winner Geena Davis) and her ailing, elderly mother (True Blood's Lois Smith) in the newly-released trailer for the thought-provoking drama "Marjorie Prime."

Set in a world where a state-of-the-art computer program can create a holographic facsimile of a deceased loved one, "Marjorie Prime" has been described by critics as having the feeling of watching a feature-length episode of the tech-driven mystery anthology series "Black Mirror."

Adapted from Jordan Harrison's award-winning 2014 stage play, the film casts Hamm as Walter, a benign, yet emotionally robotic hologram created to resemble the late husband of an 86-year-old widow named Marjorie (Smith), who's been lately suffering from memory loss and physical ailments. Walter's presence has caused some concern (and perhaps some jealousy as well) for Marjorie's daughter, Tess (Davis), who is also wrestling with her own questions of mortality. Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Tim Robbins co-stars as Tess's husband.

Directed and adapted by filmmaker Michael Almereyda (Experimenter, 2000's Hamlet), "Marjorie Prime" premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize (which is given to the best film dealing with science or technology). The movie is now slated to open next month, beginning in New York and Los Angeles on August 18th before rolling out to more cities over the following weeks.

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?


directed by   Michael Almaryeda

starring   Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins

release date   August 18, 2017 (NY and LA; other cities to follow)

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