R | | Biography, Drama, Romance
True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Some viewers may find it confusing that this movie episodically jumps across three time periods; their early relationship, their later relationship before the Alzheimer's symptons start to become obvious, and the final phase once her sympton's and condition affect their relationship and lives. This may be a deliberate creative choice to "disorientate" the audience, and/or remind them how much it has changed Iris.
Keep working, keep talking, keep the words coming.
John Bayley: Keep at it.
Iris Murdoch: I should feel like a deprived animal if I can't write. I'm like a starved dog.
John Bayley: No, keep at it. I'll keep you at it.
Iris Murdoch: I feel... as if I'm sailing into darkness.
When Iris and John are traveling to the nursing home, they are seen crossing a bridge. This bridge is Magdalene Bridge and leads to East Oxford, yet The Vale House, where Iris Murdoch spent the final years of her life, was (and still is) in South Oxford.
$23,144 16 December 2001
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