Iris

Rated NR 81 minutes 2011

Albert Maysles documentary about 93-year-old style icon Iris Apfel is delightful: Apfel and her dear husband Carl are basically happy, inspiring, busy people; their cheerfulness is only occasionally clouded by concern, usually related to health and aging. This makes them excellent role models and tame film subjects, and so Iris dodders on pleasantly enough. If Maysles wanted to scratch a bit deeper, he might've addressed the economic elephant in the room: The Apfels are rich, and while Iris may be one of the originators of "high-low" style, her ability to collect whatever catches her eye goes a long way toward the final, striking result (83 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Ulrika Bengts

Writer: Annina Enckell

Producer: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jon Lindström and Mats Langbacka

Cast: Tobias Zilliacus, Magnus Krepper, Oskar Pöysti, Maria Salomaa, Robert Enckell, Marika Parkkomäki, Emmi Pesonen, Erik Lönngren, Agnes Koskinen and Eleonora Andersson

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