Chris Nashawaty
April 23, 2015 AT 10:03 PM EDT

Iris

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/01
performer
Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent
director
Richard Eyre
distributor
Miramax
author
Richard Eyre, Charles Wood
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Albert Maysles, the legendary documentary filmmaker who died last month, reinvented the form with his brother, David, in such cinema vérité classics as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens. In his penultimate film, he aims his camera at outlandish 93-year-old style icon Iris Apfel for a profile that’s daffy, brassy, inspiring, and a bit slight. With her owlish glasses, nimbus of white hair, and statement necklaces that must weigh more than she does, Apfel is a quintessential New York character, unspooling wild tales about her and her husband’s globe-trotting journeys in search of garments she calls “the cat’s pajamas.” Although the film does hint at Apfel’s creeping sense of mortality as she donates her clothes for posterity, it never gets deep enough under her skin. B

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