'Marjorie Prime' Contemplates The Infinite Without Leaving The Living Room

MoreCloseclosemore Jon Hamm as Walter Prime, and Lois Smith as Marjorie. (Courtesy FilmRise) Nineteenth century philosopher-psychologist William James theorized that the human memory was constantly, imperfectly replicating itself. According to James, when you remember something, you’re actually remembering the last time you remembered it, so blurs and distortions become inevitable over time. This theory gets a workout in “Marjorie Prime,” director Michael Almereyda’s captivating film adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated off-Broadway play . Here’s a science-fiction story without any special effects — a movie that conjures contemplation of the infinite while seldom leaving a living room. One of my favorites from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, "Marjorie Prime" is getting an exclusive Boston-area premiere at Arlington’s Regent Theatre this weekend. Jon Hamm as Walter in "Marjorie Prime." (Courtesy FilmRise) Set in the not-too-distant future, the film stars Jon Hamm as Walter Prime, an artificially intelligent hologram purchased to provide company for Marjorie (Lois Smith), a well-off woman in her 80s entering the later stages of Alzheimer’s. He’s been programmed to resemble her long-deceased husband, whom we are told "had a good, strong chin and was a bit too pleased with himself." (Hamm couldn’t be more perfectly cast.) Walter begins […]

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