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7.21 h 19 min2015PG-13
From legendary late 88-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), comes IRIS. Iris Apfel, is the 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.
Albert Maysles
Iris ApfelCarl Apfel
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Laura CoxsonRebekah MayslesJennifer Ash Rudick
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AtticusReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store
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If a homely, vulgar woman bedecking herself with plastic and rhinestones from midtown tourist shops is your idea of elegance and originality, have at it! I found it a perverse view of fashion and, combined with her admiration of POTUS 45 and dismissal of Jacqueline Kennedy's "too Frenchy" White House restoration (not jealous at all!), depressing stuff.
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runbeiReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2021
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Uniquely enjoyable
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It was remarkable to me that an icon of the NY fashion world could be so completely human and UNPRETENTIOUS. Her fashion sense isn't tuned with an eye to impressing others, but to tapping universal joys that we find inside in response to colors that harmonize and inspire our hearts. Iris doesn't care if a shirt was hand-painted by Versacci or if a bracelet came from Goodwill. I bookmarked "Iris" being completely unfamiliar with her work, thinking I'd probably watch two minutes and quickly remove it from My Stuff. Quite a find! I was very surprised by how nourished I was on a tired Saturday afternoon by bathing in so much tasteful and ... "exuberant beauty" doesn't say it, but "high-energy" does. What a wonderful demonstration of the value of creativity in our lives. Iris Apfel has given us a tremendous gift.
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Book CaseReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Party in a Box
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My local art museum screened this movie as part of a film festival honoring a much-loved NY dress designer who later made his home in our city. The audience, of course, was full of art people who all love documentaries about artists and eccentrics in the art world. We adored this movie. The whole theater was cracking up - Iris is queen of the one-liners. And of course there's the clothes, the jewelry, the savvy shopping, and how she stores her clothes and eventually donates them to museums. All the details you want to know about. But underlying her public life is her deep and abiding love for her 100-year-old husband and his love for her. Well he adores her, and why not? In addition to her honesty and candor, this is the aspect of her life that touched me most. What a woman. What a life. What a joy she was to watch. Anyone who loved Grey Gardens will totally "get" this new Maysles classic. Get the DVD and watch it with a group of friends. Serve lots of wine and nibbles, and have a perfectly wonderful evening.
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MadiantinReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unexpectedly enjoyable
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Thoughts while watching Iris:

Yikes, pretentious!

Oh, those are some cool outfits she chose. She knows how to dress!

Must be nice to have lots and lots of money. How the chosen few live!

Ok. That love between Iris and Carl makes the whole film for me. Very, very sweet. 

Why am I watching this film? I hate shopping. Haaaaate it. I hate dressing up. Give me a couple of outfits and I’ll just rotate through them. My husband takes up twice as much space in the wardrobe than me. I just don’t understand the drive to go shopping. It’s so dang boring. 
But hey, if she loves it, ok, good for her. She does it well. 

Oh my gosh. So many houses, filled with clothes and crap. So. Much. Stuff. Gives me anxiety just looking at it. 

Iris is the exact opposite of me. Extrovert, gregarious, loves to shop, has a house filled with stuff…so I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this film, and how drawn I was to her. I know this was meant to be focused on her fashion, but honestly the relationship between Iris and Carl was really the highlight of the whole thing. 

What a fun film.
Arrow1Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Colorful Bird of Fashion-- Iris Impresses
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Inspiring, artistic, colorful film, Iris, is the story of a highly successful interior designer and collector whose hoard of one-of-a-kind, unique jewelry and clothing was recently discovered and was the subject of a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A buzzy, break-out success, Iris' show and fame continued to grow with interviews, a jewelry line, and articles in fashion mags that propelled her to fame even at 80 years old. Called a "rare bird of fashion," Iris dances to her own beat, lives her own, colorful life, and continues to inspire others in the world of art, fashion, and design.

A great ride for audiences who like fashion, clothing, art, design, eccentricity, New York City, free spirits, and sassy old women.

Kid Factor: Perfectly clean, with 2 F-words.
17 people found this helpful
TL ChapmanReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
love and bring to the world
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This movie should be a requirement for any woman who has lost her zest for life. It doesn't matter what your age you can find something to be passionate about. At her age textiles design and fashion has been her lifeblood. Find something to get your blood flowing when you wake up in the morning. This movie reminds us that we all have something that we can pursue, love and bring to the world, even if its our knowledge of something beautiful. If you are in the fashion industry, rent this movie and after seeing it you will certainly purchase it for your collection. I say Bravo!
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Marcia SchaeferReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2015
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I'm glad I saw this documentary
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I didn't know anything about Iris Apfel before renting this documentary. I read a review in some magazine and thought I"d check it out. I'm not really into fashion, myself, but I do find it interesting watching and listening to people who are. I guess it's an art form I appreciate, but am totally inept at engaging in myself. Despite my fashion aloofness, I found this story engaging. Iris is interesting and would capture my attention even if she were talking about shoelaces. Her story seems ordinary until you realize that her talented eye for design took her on a journey from being an unassuming interior designer to a featured artist at the Metropolitan Museum. Her grass roots appeal engages viewers from the fashion illerates to those who actually know something of her art. I'm glad I saw this documentary.
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Monica CReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
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Lovely Woman Rich in Wisdom and Style
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A gem of a film. Iris is a delight. I loved learning about her craft, but there's so much more to take away from this film. Her wisdom, sage advice, happy demeanor, sincerity and vibrantly joyful life provide a treasure trove of depth and sensibility. Lots to enjoy and learn here. Thank you, Iris!
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