Iris

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Plot – The film tells the life of Iris Murdoch, a famous writer and philosopher. She’s married to John Bayley, an English literature scholar. She’s authoritarian and often she dictates the rules of their relationship. When Iris is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, she becomes dependent. To communicate with her, John speaks the baby talk.

Movie Info

Title Iris

Year 2001

Director Richard Eyre

GenreDrama,Romance,Biography

Top 11 Quotes of “Iris” Movie

“Education doesn’t make you happy. And what is freedom? We don’t become happy just because we are free, if we are. Or because we have been educated, if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch

“[Education] Convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind. And give us the assurance, the confidence, to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch

“Every human soul has seen, perhaps before their birth, pure forms such as justice, temperance, beauty and all the great moral qualities which we hold in honour. We are moved towards what is good by the faint memory of these forms, simple and calm and blessed, which we saw once in a pure, clear light, being pure ourselves.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch

“Reading and writing and the preservation of language and its forms and the kind of eloquence and the kind of beauty which the language is capable of is terribly important to the human beings because this is connected to thought.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch

“Horrible thing, to stand with your toes at the edge of the precipice. You can say anything you like, as long as you make it sound like it was a joke.”
Jim Broadbent – John Bayley

“I should feel like a deprived animal if I can’t write. I’m like a starved dog.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch

“There’s something fishy about describing people’s feelings. You try hard to be accurate, but as soon as you start to define such and such a feeling, language lets you down.”
Kate Winslet – Young Iris Murdoch

“- Young John Bayley: I could get in trouble, having women in my room.
– Young Iris Murdoch: I wouldn’t say you’d had me, just yet.”
Hugh Bonneville – Young John Bayley
Kate Winslet – Young Iris Murdoch

“We all worry about going mad, don’t we? How would we know? Those of us who live in our minds, anyway. Other people would tell us.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch

“When we really speak the truth, words are insufficient.”
Kate Winslet – Young Iris Murdoch

“People have obsessions and fears and passions which they don’t admit to. I think every character is interesting and has extremes. It’s the novelist privilege to see how odd everyone is.”
Dame Judi Dench – Iris Murdoch