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3.3
138 Ratings

Marjorie Prime

Directed by Michael Almereyda
United States, 2017
Drama, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.

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Marjorie Prime Directed by Michael Almereyda
As with 2015’s Experimenter, Almereyda excels at running a tight ship (the film was shot in 13 days with limited resources) while still bringing out the best in his collaborators (cinematographer Sean Price Williams and composer Mica Levi both do daring career-highlight work here), and his elliptical treatment of the script’s central existential dilemma—the havoc wreaked in transcending the absolute finality of death—is enough to justify a sly visual nod to Last Year at Marienbad.
December 08, 2017
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Rather than gizmos or hypothetical futures, Almereyda is interested in philosophical issues concerning memory and identity. Adapted from the acclaimed 2014 play by Jordan Harrison, “Marjorie Prime” has a gentle, probing Chekhovian feel, and a deliberate dramatic approach that invites us to look at those aforementioned issues from various angles before coming to our own conclusions about them.
August 18, 2017
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It suffers the classic problem of many stage-to-screen adaptations, in which an abundance of language occludes the possibility of much action. Almereyda, perhaps most famous for his Ethan Hawke–led film adaptation of Hamlet, never quite finds a way to translate that language into images. What the film intends to feel like emotional revelations more often come off as a series of preplanned declarations, like they’re check marks on a screenwriter’s to-do list.
August 18, 2017
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