IrisBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7330.177 (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:177
- David Wilkinson, consultant in old age psychiatry and chair of the Elderly Persons Mental Health Directorate
- West Hampshire NHS Trust
Directed by Richard Eyre
A BBC Films, Intermedia, and Miramax film
On general release in the UK from 18 January, in the US from 15 January, in Ireland from 1 February
The film of Iris Murdoch's life and death from Alzheimer's disease is based on the memoirs of her husband, Professor John Bayley.
It is a beautiful and moving film, a love story told in two parts. The vibrant and permissive Iris draws Bayley, a timid, stuttering, and otherworldly young academic, into her bohemian world. Later she becomes aware that her faculties are disappearing and the couple struggle to maintain some kind of communication. The film interweaves these two stories abruptly throughout in …