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About the Movie
From legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker 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 a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 90
- Fresh: 88
- 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.
As a geriatrician who often times has to deal with the hardships of my patients getting older, this movie serves much more of a purpose than just to glorify one amazing confident lady. While it is true that if she were poor, then she would be considered a hoarder and those closest to her would encourage her to relinquish her collection, move to assisted living or long term care, and live out her remaining days in a mundane routine with others. These would all be things that would kill her spirit. I do not believe she has any sort of cognitive impairment, but the point I am trying to make is while we funnel billions of dollars in Alzheimer’s research for the “cure,” I find it much more enlightening, that if we focused our efforts on allowing our older folks to maintain individuality and creativity (of course in a safe manner), then there would be less ageism and more monies allocated appropriately to supportive care rather than curative care.
Amazing, inspiring, delightful! There is nothing quite like Iris Apfel. This movie feels almost voyeuristic at times as the camera follows Iris through scenes of everyday life. Much of the film is spent in close camera shots which allow the audience to understand the subtext of the very intimate relationship between Iris and her husband Carl. Watching her place costume jewelry on manikins provides tremendous insight into what makes her sense of style so unique. It's hard to resist falling in love with Iris Apfel after watching this movie.
My fashion idol
The movie is a glittering trove of wisdom. As original and captivating as the subject herself. Movie buffs and fashion fanatics alike won’t want to miss this collaboration between two giants of their respective fields.