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Iris [DVD] [2002]

Judi Dench , Jim Broadbent , Richard Eyre    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Eleanor Bron
  • Directors: Richard Eyre
  • Writers: Richard Eyre, Charles Wood, John Bayley
  • Producers: Anthony Minghella, DTeflon, David M. Thompson, Guy East
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V7CQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,503 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Biographical account of the life of existentialist author Iris Murdoch as recalled in the memoirs of her husband, Professor John Bayley. John (Hugh Bonneville) is a shy slightly goofy undergraduate at Oxford who falls for fellow student, the brilliant and charismatic Iris Murdoch (Kate Winslet). Against all the odds she returns his affection and so begins a love affair that will endure for over 40 years, amid the ups and downs of her achievements as a famous philosophical novelist. The film eventually flashes forward to the couple in older age, with John (Jim Broadbent) slowly realising that Iris (Dame Judi Dench) has a mental illness, one that threatens the existence of her personality, of the person he knows and loves.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Iris is one of those few films that prove the extent to which cinema can affect you emotionally. A memoir of a literary academic who gets coiled up by Alzheimer's later in life, this simple film becomes something so devastatingly beautiful and ultimately unforgettable that its hard to resist repeated viewings. The credit for uplifting it to such Everest-ian heights goes to the performances by the lead actors and the sympathy in the film's tone.
Of the performances, Kate Winslet is radiance and intelligence personified and is absolutely believable as the gifted young author that Iris Murdoch was. Hers, incidentally is the most unsympathetic and verbose character-stretch, what with her wolfish appetite for men and words, but Winslet's luminous bare-all interpretaton has a feverish, unpretentious energy to it that makes it so compulsively watchable.
Hugh Bonneville as the younger Bayley [Murdoch's fiancee and later, her husband] hasn't got the best lines, but makes sure that his stammer makes every line he utters, momentous.
But of course, Iris is a freewheeling showcase of Judi Dench's intelligence whose performance as the Alzheimer-stricken Murdoch is so heart-felt and sincere, that you can almost touch her. Having worked with patients of Alzheimer's myself, I was absolutely shocked as to how much Judi's performance [right from her body language and her slow but definite detachment from the real world] struck home. Be it the last scene where she swings in the elderly home corridor or her reactions to Blair's speech on television or even the way she reacts when her last book is out-- each of those scenes will forever haunt me as some of the most honest moments I have encountered on screen.
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When author/philosopher Iris Murdoch utters these words, she has no way of knowing that Alzheimer's disease will soon rob her of that freedom, leaving her the frustrated shell of who and what she was. Author of twenty-six books and winner of both the Whitbread and the Booker Prizes, Iris, at the end of her life, was, according to her husband, like "A very nice three-year-old child." The love story of Iris Murdoch, a free-spirited, passionate lover of arts and ideas, and John Bayley, the shy, introverted man who was her anchor in life, dominates this film, celebrating her life, even as Alzheimer's disease robs it of its meaning.
Directed by Richard Eyre, who converted John Bayley's book, A Memoir and Elegy for Iris, into the screenplay, the film honors Iris, John Bayley, and the love that survived even Alzheimer's disease. Judi Dench not only looks like Iris Murdoch, but also endows her with fierce independence, a curiosity about the meaning of life, and a strong will, characteristics which served Iris well, even in her decline. Jim Broadbent, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, shows his love for her at the same time that he becomes enormously frustrated at his helplessness in dealing with her decline.
Alternating between present and past, director Eyre develops innumerable visual parallels, showing Murdoch as a wild young girl (passionately played by Kate Winslett), uninhibitedly exploring every aspect of life, with Dench repeating similar scenes (such as the swimming scenes) late in life. The young John Bayley (Hugh Bonneville) plays his role so close in style to Broadbent that except for the obvious age differences, they could well be the same person, both blushing on cue.
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"Iris" was a most disturbing film for me to watch, although I know exactly why it affected me so. Ever since I learned that H. L. Mencken spent the final years of his life incapacitated by a stroke that made it impossible for him to read and write (or to remember nouns), the idea of losing my mental faculties has been pretty much the worst of all possible fates for me. Similar ground is covered in "Iris," as the novelist Iris Murdoch has her mind, her marriage, and her life destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. Of course the film makes me uncomfortable; it should make anybody uncomfortable to watch a human being's life come undone like this.
The screenplay by Richard Eyre and Charles Wood, based on the books "Iris: A Memory" and "Elegy for Iris" by her husband John Bayley, attempts to convey cinematically what has been lost. Consequently we cut back and forth between the present, as John (Jim Broadbent) struggles to take care of his beloved Iris (Judi Dench), and disjointed scenes from the past, as young John (Hugh Bonneville) and Iris (Kate Winslet) meet and fall in love. Sometimes they are brief glimpses, other times extended scenes, combining to provide a disjointed pictures of these two lives.
I was surprised that I do not especially remember Iris Murdoch as a novelist; I know that I have never read any of her books. So my sense of what a great mind was lost is based entirely on what we see of Iris at the top of her game in the film. Clearly "Iris" is a film that presents these lives in fragments and pieces. We never fully understand why Iris decides to marry Jim; it must have been a superb meeting of the minds, but that is not the sense we get from the film where Jim is pretty much an amiable fuddy duddy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Mrs Jennifer M Castell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, a good true story with the "I ...
Excellent film, a good true story with the "I don't want it to end this way" feeling. Judi Dench brill as usual
Published 1 month ago by Ayorababs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought for a present pleased
Published 1 month ago by stephen odonoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Story
Forget Disney or chick flicks... this is the truest and purest love story you will witness. "We need to believe in something divine without the need for God. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Abi22
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad true life story
Dench is of course marvellous in the title role. Her husband is also very well-cast and the characterisation is highly believable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by V. MOORE
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, inadequate editing
This film goes on far, far too long. Half way through my partner and me both had had enough. It's brilliantly made and acted, but there is only so much depression any one person... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but interesting insight into dementia
Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent give us a good insight into dementia. This will help towards my dementia training for work as it shows dementia from both sides, how it effects the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. Cowie
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality film but important ommissions
Like Frida, the actresses give a warmer face to a brooding real life woman, smoothing off some edges and lightening a shadow. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elspeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding what dementia does to relationships
I've seen this excellent film before - I admire both Dench and Broadbent - but want to watch it again to look behind the screenplay and acting.
Published 8 months ago by P. Reid
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD did'nt work- broken
The DVD didn't work so I was unable to watch it. I was looking forward to it too. Shall not buy from this person again
Published 9 months ago by Mrs D A Cooper
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