'Our Souls At Night' Is A Bittersweet Twilight Romance

It's magical to see Robert Redford and Jane Fonda together again.


Our Souls at Night (PG13)

Starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda

Directed by Ritesh Batra 

Robert Redford plays Louis, a widower, and Jane Fonda, Redford’s co-star in three movies (the last being 1979’s The Electric Horseman), is Addie, a widow living across the street.

One day, Addie comes up to Louis and makes an unusual proposal, “Would you be interested in coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me?” What Addie craves isn’t sex, but companionship, someone to talk to through the night until she nods off. The sleepover arrangement starts off platonic, but it isn’t before long that they take it to the next level. 

The bittersweet, glacially-paced geriatric romance by Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) — his second film this year, after The Sense of an Ending — is yet another meditation on regrets and loneliness.

It’s magical to see Redford and Fonda together; the most affecting moments see Louis and Addie lamenting about their checkered past, and playing surrogate parents to Addie’s grandson (Young Sheldon’s Iain Armitage). Now streaming on Netflix. (***1/2)

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