Man and woman. Student and teacher. Stanley and Iris. He's a shy, illiterate short-order cook who's never taken a chance at love. She's a newly widowed factory worker who's vowed to never love again. But as their friendship slowly blossoms and Iris helps Stanley learn to read, his strong yet gentle kindness helps mend her broken heart. And where once two lonely strangers stood trapped within the past, Stanley and Iris can now begin a new chapter of their lives - together.
This film focuses on personal relationships, family, the struggle and difficulties of daily life, work and death and romance. For me some of the strongest elements were the quite extensive series of scenes in what looked a very realistic (and not totally hygienic) bakery and cake factory, including the workers traveling too and fro, and also some of the scenes between Robert and his Dad, Robert and Iris and Iris and her family.
Although I personally like this type of slow moving and personal focused film, I can't rate this higher than average. Different elements are introduced to the plot and vanish without any reason. Much of the acting is unconvincing, it is never clear why the very intelligent Stanley can't even write his name, and the plot and direction are disjointed and lack focus, so that despite some good scenes, the film overall lacks consistency, focus, credibilty and direction.