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About the Movie
"Iris" pairs the 87-year-old Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris' advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. "Iris" portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 92
- Fresh: 90
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Iris" serves as a spirited, often dazzling primer in how to fight the dying of the light and feel fabulous while doing it.
Fresh: Iris is an absolute kick, whether or not you care a whit about the world this character is moving through. And she is a character, with her big round glasses and her big opinions.
Fresh: 'Iris" is a joyful look at an aging eccentric and an examination of the playful nature of design and fashion; it likely won't change your life, but will bring a smile to your face.
Fresh: The film plays like a refreshingly frank visit with a favorite relative.
A mesmerizing tribute to an awe inspiring person. I watched it and watched again with a friend. Highly recommended for creative students of every age. Uplifting.