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Iris DVD


Based on the memoir of John Bayley this tells the story of his marriage to acclaimed writer Iris Murdoch, from when they met as teachers at Oxford to her struggle with Alzheimer's disease forty years later.

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Based on the book ELEGY FOR IRIS by John Bayley this biopic tells the inspiring and heartbreaking story of the writer&39;s 40-year romance with English 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&39; decline as her brilliant mind is ravaged by the effects of Alzheimer&39;s Judi Dench gives an outstanding performance--her transformation from a prolific genius of the written and spoken word (Murdoch wrote 26 novels) to the infantile state of losing her language facilities altogether is truly wrenching Jim Broadbent is equally touching as her partner for life who has adored the passionate Iris since they met but was never fully able to possess her until the tragic end when he declares in grief I&39;ve got you now and I don&39;t bloody want you! Directed by Richard Eyre artistic director of Britain&39;s Royal National Theater the film is uniquely sensitive and finely acted

Biographical account of the life of existentialist author Iris Murdoch as recalled in the memoirs of her husband, Professor John Bayley. John (Hugh Bonneville) is a shy slightly goofy undergraduate at Oxford who falls for fellow student, the brilliant and charismatic Iris Murdoch (Kate Winslet). Against all the odds she returns his affection and so begins a love affair that will endure for over 40 years, amid the ups and downs of her achievements as a famous philosophical novelist. The film eventually flashes forward to the couple in older age, with John (Jim Broadbent) slowly realising that Iris (Dame Judi Dench) has a mental illness, one that threatens the existence of her personality, of the person he knows and loves.

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