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A small, insightful feature with a deceptively thoughtful thesis, Iris adds a bittersweet postscript to director Albert Maysles' filmography.



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IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert 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 in Iris' dotage, 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." (C) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for Iris

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  • Maysles often said that he made [his films] with a sense of love for his subjects. That is certainly true of this film, which is a great parting gift to us all.

    Aug 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A love letter to individualism, and the love that fuels it.

    Jul 31, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • A glorious documentary fashionistas will want to study, frame by frame, while the rest of us are inspired by Apfel's zest for life and fondness for costume jewellery on an epic scale.

    Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • It's an affectionate, slight, minor work.

    Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This woman has plenty of blunt wisdom to share.

    Jul 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • '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.

    May 22, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Iris

  • Jun 09, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2015
    The once glorious and beloved Maysles brothers made some of the best documentaries of all time, including "Grey Gardens" and "Gimme Shelter." The Maysles (pronounced like hazels) have a legacy that has remained consistent in the past twenty years, even with the death of David in 1987. Albert Maysles passed just this past March, and his last film is a testament to the Maysles constant of capturing crazy interesting figures in their prime. Read more at
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2015
    A real tribute to an amazing woman. Worth seeing for fans of fashion and fans of really endearing people in general.
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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