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Described as “haunting” by NPR, the film Marjorie Prime stars award-winning actresses Lois Smith and Geena Davis as mother (Marjorie) and daughter (Tess) in a story set in the near future, “a time of artificial intelligence”, that’s centered on human memory. Of what the women bring to their respective roles, Deadline Awards Columnist, Pete Hammond, recently wrote “this is probably Davis’ best film performance in 20 years, and for Smith, maybe ever.”

According to the film synopsis, 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) is “a jumble of disparate, fading memories” so her daughter Tess (Geena Davis) gets her “a handsome new companion” (Jon Hamm), that’s actually a hologram “who looks like her deceased husband Walter and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her.” The film aims to provoke a conversation by asking the question, “What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?”

In a recent interview with ELLE, Davis said the role of Tess “felt emotionally rich,” which she finds to be a rarity based on the quality of roles she’s offered versus how many movies she appears in. The Oscar-winner, who is also the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, added that the dearth of good roles gets compounded with age. “It’s true what they say: Parts get fewer and less good the older you get, particularly for women.”

Marjorie Prime is based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play, exploring memory and identity, love and loss. It’s now playing in select theaters…

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