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Marjorie Prime

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow, poetic exploration of memory, loss in sci-fi setting.

Movie NR 2017 98 minutes
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This movie is a wonderful portrayal of ones perception of another. if you like irony this is the movie to watch. If you notice at the end of the movie there are no humans speaking to one another. And the Androids that are speaking to one another are only ones perception. When you think about the perception we have of one another the impact you will leave with that person is only yours. Lol yeah this is a deep movie.

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This is a beautifully crafted film that's simply not for everyone. Marjorie Prime's highly intellectual tone and slow pacing will turn off some viewers, likely including most kids. But for others, especially those confronting these issues in their own lives, it could play poetically. It asks questions about how we remember, how we choose to remember, and where the truth can be found in the realities created by those memories. Davis and Robbins are exceptional. Smith, who played the same role onstage, is wonderfully nuanced.

The play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2015. The movie won the Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for its "imaginative and nuanced depiction of the evolving relationship between humans and technology, and its moving dramatization of how intelligent machines can challenge our notions of identity, memory and mortality." Although it reads as hifalutin' at times, the film has strong emotional underpinnings. For those interested in exploring its themes, Marjorie Prime could prove rewarding.

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