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Iris Movie Review Summary

Actors: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet

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The movie is about author Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's and how her husband, John, is her one steady companion through the ordeal. The present-day story is intercut with flashbacks from the past, depicting a young Iris - played by Kate Winslet - and her developing relationship with John, a bumbling, loving and good-natured English Literature professor. The movie also touches upon Murdoch's writing and her philosophy of life.
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There are several very beautiful/poetic scenes in this movie, but on the whole it was a little lackluster. Iris Murdoch was a vibrant, brilliant woman who loved life, but the movie - even in those parts showing the younger Iris - sort of lags. The movie did not tap into the author's spirit well enough.
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Plot & Themes

Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt

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