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Iris (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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This woman has plenty of blunt wisdom to share.

July 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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…
Detroit News
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A flurry of excitement greets her wherever she goes; throughout the adulation, she is appreciative, patiently bemused, a little cranky and only occasionally tickled.

May 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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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.

May 14, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Maysles simply presents lots of other designers telling Apfel how brilliant she is, their testimony interspersed with pithy accounts of her past achievements.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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The film plays like a refreshingly frank visit with a favorite relative.

May 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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A real tribute to an amazing woman. Worth seeing for fans of fashion and fans of really endearing people in general.

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Robert C

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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 http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/10/10/iris

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