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Iris

Réalisé par Albert Maysles
États-Unis, 2014
Documentaire

Synopsis

Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian 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.

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Iris Réalisé par Albert Maysles
Maysles finds subtle grace notes that further serve to psychologise her obsession, yet there’s little sense of an unmasking, as her art and self prove so contagiously fused to the joy she finds in ‘play’.
July 31, 2015
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Maysles’s film rescues Iris from this relentless exteriorisation, not by intruding on her secret thoughts but by presenting her as a performance artist whose practice is a deliberate and serious aesthetic choice rather than just a piece of batty eccentricity. Twentysomething fashionistas can ah-bless her all they like; Iris is a fully realised piece of work – as is Maysles’s portrait of her.
July 30, 2015
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The film isn’t biographical in the sense of telling Iris’s life story. It’s present-tense and impressionistic – a rummage… The director’s way with framing and composition hadn’t deserted him even at this late stage – every shot is a box of delights.
July 30, 2015
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