Marjorie Prime

Synopsis: In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie - a jumble of disparate, fading memories - has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? MARJORIE PRIME is based on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer-nominated play, exploring memory and identity, love and loss
Director(s): Michael Almereyda
Production: FilmRise
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

I feel like I have

to perform around you.

It's just me.

It's just Walter.

Maybe it's not bad

if I feel that way.

I used to entertain a lot.

I remember.

Do you?

Marjorie, where are the dishes?

The girl did them, Julie.

She doesn't come until two.

I did them.

You didn't, your arthritis.

I'm having a good day.

Marjorie, we both know

what no dishes means.

It means I

haven't been eating.

Only a spoonful

of peanut butter.

I'm not hungry.

It's their fault, feeding

me all those pills.

The pills are their

fault or your doctors?

Only a spoonful?

Can I still play the violin?

I'm sure it's all in your

head still, but your hands.

[Music - Bryce dessner

and Richard Reed parry,

["wave movements"]

I could tell you a story.

You liked that the last time.

I'll have to take

your word for it.

I could tell you about

the time we saw a movie.

We went to a lot of movies.

But one time we saw "my

best friend's wedding."

"My best friend's wedding."

There was a woman,

Julia Roberts.

For a while, it was

always Julia Roberts.

And she had an agreement with

her best friend, her male best

friend, that if

they weren't married

by the time they

hit a certain age,

they would marry each other.

And she was about to remind

him of this agreement

when it turns out he

had already fallen

in love with a nice

blonde, Cameron Diaz.

So Julia Roberts

spends the entire movie

trying to ruin things

between her friend

and Cameron Diaz, which isn't

very sympathetic behavior

for America's sweetheart.

But in the end,

it all works out.

And she has a gay best friend

who delivers one liners.

You said you wanted a gay

best friend afterwards.

I had a gay best friend.

I had two of them.

I'll remember that now.

Why did you pick that story,

"my best friend's wedding?"

That was the night

I proposed to you.

Oh Marjorie, the

things you forget.

That's ok.

You were trying to tell

me and I wouldn't let you.

What if we saw

"Casablanca" instead.

Let's say that we saw

"Casablanca" in an old movie

theater with velvet seats,

and then on the way home

you proposed.

And then by the next time

we talk it will be true.

You mean make it up?

Oh, you're very serious.

Oh, you're like them,

especially Tess.

Our daughter.

Our daughter, Tess, and

her over-solicitous husband.

No... no, no that's not fair.

I like him.

I didn't then.

But now I do.

Do you like me?

Don't be an idiot.

Don't call me an idiot.


Why do you like

me if I'm an idiot?


I'll get in trouble.

In trouble?

For talking to you that

way, in trouble with Tess.

You don't always

understand, do you?

Tell me about the

time we got Toni.

I told you that

story yesterday.

I like that story.

There was once a couple,

a very fine, young couple.

And he had a good strong jaw.

He was a little too

pleased with himself.

He had a good strong jaw,

and he was a little too

pleased with himself.

And she was the most

beautiful woman in town.

It wasn't a very big town,

but she was the queen of it.

It sounds like a fairy

tale when you tell it.

It is a fairy tale.

That's not very nice.

- I don't mean that...

- I thought that...

it never happened.

You were supposed

to provide comfort.

I meant that that's the way

it happened, like a fairy tale.

It was?

Now this couple was

feeling a bit lonely,

because they didn't

have any children yet.

So one day they decided

it was time to get a dog.

They took the bus down

to the city pound.

And there was a little

black dog there asleep,

its tummy going up and down

like a little sleeping shadow.

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Michael Almereyda

Michael Almereyda (born 1960) is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His best known work is Hamlet (2000), starring Ethan Hawke. more…

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