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Don't forget your hankies!,
This review is from: Iris [DVD]  (DVD)
Judi Dench is, as expected, absolutely captivating as the late Iris Murdoch. Her portrayal of this "free spirit" who eventually becomes a prisoner of Alzheimer's is so emotionally charged you won't be able to take your eyes from her.
Jim Broadbent, after his success in Moulin Rouge, plays John Bayley in such a touching way that I spent the entire film just wanting to hug him.
Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville are the quintessential younger "versions". Winslet captures perfectly the headstrong and attractiveness of a young Iris, while Bonneville continues and complements Broadbent's Bayley.
The key to this film is subtlety. From the almost imperceptible soundtrack (as it should be) to the slow revelation of relationships, this film will run the gamut of your emotions before you even realise how drawn in you are.
Most of all, this is a moving story of love, the pain of Alzheimers, and the strength of human relationships. I couldn't have suppressed my laughter or tears, and I'm glad I didn't.