[Apfel’s] sharp, unfiltered aphorisms make the movie a glittering trove of wisdom.



IRIS pairs the legendary 87-year-old documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris' advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

"Albert Maysles has delivered a gem." - Graham Fuller, Screen International

"An exuberant portrait." - Manohla Dargis, NY Times

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, "Iris" also offers proof of Albert Maysles' continued vitality as a documentarian." - Ronnie Schieb, Variety

"A captivating salute." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Documentary, Fashion
Albert Maysles
Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

Iris Apfel offers explicit testament to the intangible dialogue between art and life. Anything done well, with care and expressiveness, can be art—and life, of course, is the totality of everything that might be best enjoyed through a mastery of some variation of the former. Art, then, is a process ...

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