film review, FIYS 106, Medical Mysteries, DebBurman
...several actors were nominated and given Academy Awards for their heart-rending performances. Iris and Awakenings are two of those rare films that effectively balance comedy and drama....
Iris vividly narrates the tale of the enduring love between noted British philosopher and author Iris Murdoch (Kate Winslet and Judie Dench) and college professor John Bayley (Jim Broadbent), love that surpasses even the hurdles created by Alzheimer’s. Awakenings portrays the miraculous return of Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) from a state of paralysis brought about by the neurodegenerative encephalitis. Despite their differences, these movies are remarkably similar and parallel.
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