Sunday, March 18, 2007


It's a film I've been wanting to watch for a while. "Iris" starring Kate Winslet as the young Iris Murdoch, Judi Dench as the old one, and Jim Broadbent as her husband John Bayley, was a moving story about her struggle with Dementia in her later life, her drive and passion for writing in her youth, her boundless faith in love, and unaltered connection with her soulmate, John Bayley.

The entire film was speckled with little nuggets of knowledge and wisdom, about the simple and yet complicated things in our lives - like love, sex, justice, temperance, wisdom, inspiration etc.

She said to her husband, over a pint of beer - If there is a choice between two evils, choose the one you haven't done before.
To students at a lecture, she said - We need to believe in something divine, without the need for god. Something we call Love..and Goodness.
And then, hinting at being influenced by Plato, she said - We experience, sometimes even before our births, pure forms like justice, temperance, goodness. And in our lives, its the shadows of our experience of these pure forms that drives us to be good. And that is when we are at our most pure.

She was a wise woman, that Iris.


Blogger Herr Voss said...

i've always wanted to, but have never been able to watch that movie properly..that and The Hours. have you seen it? there's something very appealing about stories about the lives of writers..something like putting a mirror infront of a mirror, i guess :)

March 20, 2007 at 7:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Hari Potter said...

Full on reflection happening, eh?
Haven't seen Iris but The Hours is amazing, revolving mostly around the life of Virginia Wolfe, whom I like muchly.

March 21, 2007 at 12:26:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sylvan Goddess said...

I like the Hours, as well. But somehow Iris moved me a bit more. :)

March 21, 2007 at 12:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  

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