Review: This is a true story of Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley and their lifelong romance. The story runs from her student days through to her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Director: Richard Eyre
Actors: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton and Kris Marshall
Genre: Biography, Drama and Romance
This is a story which I knew nothing about and had never heard of. I do find that biographies are the best type of film. Fantastic performances from an all star cast. When Judi Dench was filming her scenes she kept on asking Jim Broadbent and Richard Eyre whether she was playing the part right as both of their mothers passed away and had Alzheimer’s disease. This being the case might have helped the film to be the success it was. The director has mainly worked as a London stage director. This is a film that will make you want to cry so make sure you have plenty of tissues ready. At the Academy Awards in 2002 this won one Oscar Award and that was for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jim Broadbent). At the Golden Globe Awards also in 2002 it won one award and that was for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jim Broadbent). At the Bafta Awards in 2002 this won one award and that was for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Judi Dench). This is still one of the best films dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.