Iris (2001) Movie poster and book cover compared.

Iris

Richard Eyre, 2001

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Elegy for Iris
John Bayley, 1999

Iris is a movie directed by Richard Eyre in 2001 and based on the book Elegy for Iris by John Bayley, first published in 1999. The movie features Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville, Eleanor Bron, Penelope Wilton, and others.

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RATING

7

/ 10

Movie Poster: Iris (Richard Eyre, 2001)

7.4

/ 10

Book Cover: Elegy for Iris (John Bayley, 1999)

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Storyline

When the young Iris Murdoch meets fellow student John Bayley at Somerville College, Oxford, he is a naive virgin easily flummoxed by her libertine spirit, arch personality, and obvious artistic talent. When Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, however, the devoted John struggles with hopelessness and frustration, and becomes her caretaker, as his wife’s mind deteriorates from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Movie vs Book

Poster of Iris, the 2001 movie by Richard Eyre

Year

2001

Minutes

91

Movie Rate

7.00

Source: IMDb

Movie

Iris

Country: UK

Year: 2001

Length: 1h31m

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Cover of Elegy for Iris, the 1999 book by John Bayley

Year

1999

Pages

288

Book Rate

7.46

S: Goodreads

Book

Elegy for Iris

Country: UK

First published in: 1999

Length: 288 pages

Genre: Biography

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