Over Christmas we recorded Iris when it was on the tv. Last night we got around to watching it. It’s a very, very good film, although it is pretty upsetting watching such a sharp mind deteriorate due to Alzheimers disease. The acting was very good, and Jim Broadbent totally deserved his oscar for it as his sense of frustration felt so real. One thing they didn’t do was give any indication of the timeline of her deterioration, but on further investigation it appears to have been 4 or 5 years. Dementia is such an awful disease, stripping away facets of personality leaving a barely recognisable shell, and as yet their is no cure – just treatments that delay the inevitable.