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.
All actors – Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Eleanor Bron, Angela Morant, Penelope Wilton, Siobhan Hayes, Juliet Aubrey, Joan Bakewell, Nancy Carroll, Kris Marshall, Tom Mannion, Derek Hutchinson, Samuel West, Saira Todd, Juliet Howland, Charlotte Arkwright, Harriet Arkwright, Matilda Allsopp, Steve Edis, Emma Handy, Timothy West, Stephen Marcus, Pauline McLynn, Gabrielle Reidyshow all
“Iris” Quotes 11 quotes
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I should feel like a deprived animal if I can't write. I'm like a starved dog.”
“- 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.”
“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.”
“When we really speak the truth, words are insufficient.”
“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.”