USA, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,North America)

Director: Michael Almereyda


Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins and Geena Davis star in Michael Almereyda's haunting vision of a future where death has become slightly less final. Just think of it as Black Mirror for the humanist set.

When her husband Walter dies, 85-year-old Marjorie (captivating stage and screen vet Lois Smith) decides to replace him with a Prime – an artificially intelligent avatar that looks and sounds exactly like Walter did when he was 40 (played by Jon Hamm). As Marjorie oscillates between presence and absence, her new Prime provides her with much-needed support and warmth. But for her daughter, Tess (Geena Davis), Walter feels like a false image, an interloper who is stealing her mother and corrupting the fabric of what they once had as a family.

An all-star cast supercharges Marjorie Prime, director Michael Almereyda's beautiful and unnerving adaptation of the critically acclaimed play by Jordan Harrison. Delicately rendered and full to the brim with provocative questions, it offers that rarest of things: a science-fiction of perception and gentleness, where dystopia is not the only option.

'[A] futuristic meditation on death and the mysteries of memory… an exquisitely acted chamber drama with a visionary quality.' РHollywood Reporter

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