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(2001) 79% (%) 08) http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/14/movies/film-review-iris-murdoch-conquering-all-but-the-alzheimer-s.html?scp=2&sq=iris kate winslet&st=cse * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Adapted from the memoirs of literary critic John Bayley, the film recounts his courtship of and long marriage to British novelist Dame Iris Murdoch. The film cuts back and forth between the young Iris and John (played by Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville), at the height of their romantic adventures as students at Oxford in the 1950s, and the elderly couple (played by Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent), struggling with Iris' decline, as her brilliant mind is ravaged by the effects of Alzheimer's." CONSENSUS: "A solidly constructed drama, "Iris" is greatly elevated by the strength of its four lead performances. There is not a slouch in this film, in front of or behind the camera." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: Three of my favorite actors are in it: Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent. Also, I'm trying to see Kate Winslet's career in film ("The Reader" 21 Apr 09, "Heavenly Creatures" 01 Jun 09, and "Revolutionary Road 17 Jun 09 being the most recent). MY THOUGHTS: A heartbreaking love story, definitely. Dench and Winslet beautifully complement each other, and Broadbent is perfect. However, I also read the Roger Ebert review **** http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20020215/REVIEWS/202150303/1023 **** and he makes a strong case for disliking the movie and "instructing" me to read her books. It is duly noted.
posted Jul 7, 2009 at 1:09AM
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