Marjorie Prime

Salina Art Center Salina, KS


Jeremy D. Morris

Director of the Doctoral Internship in Psychology at Salina Regional Health Center; Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Marjorie Prime— Why do we do what we do?

Psychologist Jeremy Morris discusses the complex intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics that shape our relationships and experiences.

Salina Art Center Salina, KS

Film Synopsis

In the near future, in a time of artificial intelligence, 86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her.

Marjorie (Lois Smith) is an elderly woman who lives with her daughter (Geena Davis) and son-in-law (Tim Robbins). Marjorie’s mind has started to drift as she’s gotten older, so to help, she’s begun talking to a holographic reproduction of her husband, Walter (Jon Hamm). The creation — referred to as a “Prime” — is a software-driven blank slate that can take on the characteristics and nuances Marjorie remembers about her husband, even if some of them aren’t exactly true. As other family members talk to Walter Prime, it becomes clear that the family has been haunted by unspoken secrets and tragedies they’ve never really dealt with.