Iris

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Profanity: Some strong language
Alcohol/ Drugs: Social drinking
Violence/ Scariness: None
Diversity Issues: Issues of aging
Date Released to Theaters: May 1, 2015
Date Released to DVD: August 23, 2015
Amazon.com ASIN: B00YIZWGKA

Fashion icon nonagenarian Iris Apfel is renowned for her taste and style. But people who see this movie, the last from documentary legend Albert Maysles, will remember her for her fearlessness and life force. Along with the signature big, round, black-rimmed glasses, her attire on any given day could include a hand-painted leather Valentino jacket she originally bought decades ago for her husband, pants made from fabric she haggled over at an exotic open market, and gorgeous big, clunky beads as likely to be worth a fortune as they are to have been picked up at the time store.

No one ever got a bigger kick out of getting dressed than Iris (she admits she likes dressing for a party far more than the party itself) and no one ever got a bigger kick out of life and love, either.

Iris is an artist and the world is her canvas. She is a living installation project of wild color and design. But her greatest art form is her life, and it is an enormous treat to see this valentine by one legend to another.

Families should know that this film includes some strong language and discussion of illness and loss.

Family discussion: What would change in your life if you wore something a little bit more adventurous? What do you think of her comments on “pretty?”

If you like this, try: “The September Issue” and “The Eye Has to Travel”

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