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The true story of English author Iris Murdoch. As told by her husband John Bayley, Iris became known as a brilliant young scholar at Oxford whose boundless spirit dazzled those around her. During her career as a novelist and philosopher, she continued to prove herself a woman ahead of her time. As age and illness robbed Iris of her remarkable gifts, nothing could diminish her immense influence.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax, 2002.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 91 min.)) : sd., col.
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Alternative Title: Iris (Motion picture : 2001)


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Jun 30, 2020

A heartfelt biopic drama about the lifelong partnership between a celebrated author Iris Murdoch and her devoted husband of 43 years. Dench was nominated as Best Actress and Winslet as Best Supporting Actress for their performances as the older and younger author respectively. Per wikipedia, Iris was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1997 and died in 1999 in Oxford. Another good film about highly intelligent women who fought but ultimately succumbed to Alzheimer is the 2014 "Still Alice." (Julianne Moore won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.)

May 27, 2019

This movie tells the story of author Iris Murdoch and her gradual decline due to Alzheimer disease. Alzheimer disease is an incurable disease that can affect anyone. Judi Dench does an amazing job of portraying Iris and Jim Broadbent is her adoring husband. Kate Winslet is perfect as the young Iris. This movie is well done and worth watching.

Apr 25, 2019

*** A good movie. So sad.

Nov 07, 2018

Outstanding film about the impact of Alzheimers on the relationship with loved ones.

My dad had dementia in his late life, so I can empathize with John Bayley.

The real magnificent acting in this wonderful film is Jim Broadbent portraying Bayley.

May 24, 2018

So boring could even watch the whole movie!

Apr 02, 2018

Good acting, but not excellent. I was confused about if this movie was about her descent into madness as a tragedy or a warning that women who "behave badly" get what they deserve. I would much rather have had a real look at her end of life than the flashbacks to her "naughty" youth. Sex outside of marriage and Alzheimer are unrelated issues.

SnoIsleLib_BrianH Jun 24, 2017

I was attracted to this movie after hearing the beautiful soundtrack recording featuring the violinist Joshua Bell playing the music of James Horner (hear the soundtrack on Freegal). The movie highlights the youthfulness of these two literary figures contrasted with the challenges faced when dealing with aging and the onset of alzheimer's disease. I have to admit I did hope to learn a bit more about the writings of both of these significant authors, but in viewing this beautifully made movie I just mostly found inspiration to do more reading and research into their lives together and work as writers. The good new is, the library has a number of works by both of these authors. Including the books this movie was based off of. to choose which novel and/or biographical work to start with? I think The Bell by Iris Murdoch and Elegy for Iris by John Bayley.

Nov 16, 2015

Excellent movie on aging and Alzheimer.

Recommend this for the library "Notable" DVD shelf because society needs to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer if they ever meet an affected person. This will help with etiquette in helping the person.

bwv878 Sep 19, 2015

The acting is great, but it made me very uncomfortable. To see how Alzheimers affects the life of a woman whose life and self-identity centered around thought was very painful to watch.

Mar 20, 2012


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Jun 30, 2020

12 excellent quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors. Believe that the Murdochs had no children, hence this quote (not in IMDb):

It was s-so q-quiet... when she died. Do you know, I-I thought "I wouldn't mind doing that myself." I h-had a joke to tell her. It wasn't a very good one, but she'd have laughed. We need to believe in something divine... without the need for God... Something we might call love or goodness.

As the Psalm says, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Whither shall I flee
from thy presence? If I ascend unto heaven, thou art there. If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning... and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me... and thy right hand shall hold me."


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