Iris - Review

PG-13  |  83 min  |  Documentary, Biography, History 
Review - Matt Mungle - @themungle

In select theaters May 15th. 

Often you come across a personality that has to be captured on film. None is as visually entertaining and outspoken as IRIS

Iris Apfel is a fashion and style icon. She has been dressing up people and homes for much of her 90 years. This documentary from legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles perfectly displays her uncanny talent and eye for creativity. Iris is not a flamboyant person but instead allows her clothing and jewelry to speak for her. She has no problem wearing a $25 broach with a $1000 shirt. Because she is more concerned about what works than what the price tag is. This ability has made her one of the most respected people in the fashion industry. 

There are several high profile interviews with people who respect and admire her talent and wit. Iris is also a wonderful film subject due to her ability to tell a story and transfer what is in her head to what comes out of her mouth. She is wise, humorous, humble, and sharp as a tack. To her clothing should be fun. She is quotable and you will find yourself hanging on every word. Iris is a woman you wish was in your family so that you could hang out with her on holidays. She has an outlook on life that surpasses most her age. 

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language it is a must see for documentary lovers, fashion junkies, and those who simply adore iconic personalities.


IRIS pairs the 87-year-old 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."

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