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2015 79m PG-13
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A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel, the 93-year-old style maven who has had an out-sized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades, from legendary late 88-year-old documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.
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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.
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.
Intimate, knowing portrait of a fashion icon who knows exactly who and what she is, and is often surrounded by people who don't.
The film plays like a refreshingly frank visit with a favorite relative.
"Iris" serves as a spirited, often dazzling primer in how to fight the dying of the light and feel fabulous while doing it.
Iris is a potent argument against fast fashion, fast anything. And as a quiet cataloging of a couple slowing down and accessorized with wheelchairs, walking sticks, and hands tightly clasped, it becomes a poignant snatch of real-time aging.
Maysles simply presents lots of other designers telling Apfel how brilliant she is, their testimony interspersed with pithy accounts of her past achievements.
"Iris" is the cinematic equivalent of a party, with its titular character as its host. There are plenty of interesting people in attendance, but she's the real star, and less than 90 minutes, we wish the celebration would have gone on just a bit longer.
New York Daily News
Traveling to vintage clothing stores from W. 27th St. to Palm Beach, Fla., Apfel creates excursions that are like time spent with your coolest, funniest and most sage aunt. Her energy and life philosophy are inspiring, and will never go out of style.
Iris isn't groundbreaking doc filmmaking, but it's amiable and jovial in a way rarely seen in the field, which tends more toward drama, trauma, and forwarding big causes.
Iris is more than just a movie about an amusing lady who likes clothes an awful lot. It's also a celebration of the revivifying power of creativity ...
Maysles is clearly entranced by his subject, and all of the big names he interviews - including photographer Bruce Weber, designer Dries van Noten and Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell - are similarly smitten.
San Francisco Chronicle
Walter V. Addiego
The chief virtue of "Iris" is its amiability - it's a delight to spend time in Apfel's company, and thanks to Albert Maysles, we can.
Viewer entertainment will vary in direct proportion to interest in the unusual but ultimately mundane details of Apfel's day-to-day. She is, for what it's worth, good company.
Maysles was undoubtedly the ideal cameraman to enter Iris' life and simply observe her non-stop activity, and his visual eloquence is an understated but constant asset to "Iris."
New York Times
There are few better ways right now to spend 80 movie minutes than to see Iris, a delightful eye-opener about life, love, statement eyeglasses, bracelets the size of tricycle tires and the art of making the grandest of entrances.
The film exists as a document both of a witty, good-natured society fixture and of a very particular moment in history.
New York Post
Farran Smith Nehme
When she says "It's better to be happy than well-dressed," there are a lot of folks you hope get the message.
Los Angeles Times
Maysles' portrait of Iris Apfel, a 93-year-old self-described "geriatric starlet," is surprisingly memorable, graced with an unforced but unmistakable charm.
Maysles endearingly reveals Apfel's blend of blind passion and keen practicality, her unflagging enthusiasm for transmitting her knowledge to young people, and her synoptic view of fashion as living history.
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