Monday, September 14, 2015

Robert Redford & Jane Fonda to couple up again in Our Souls at Night

Here’s a baby boomer’s dream come true or maybe it’s your idea of a nightmare, depending on your taste. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, who were young and beautiful and adorably funny together when they made Barefoot in the Park in 1967, and still pretty, if less hilarious, when they re-teamed for The Electric Horseman in 1979 are getting back together onscreen. This time the project itself sounds gorgeous and haunting, even as the years have faded the surface charms of its stars. A Netflix original, the film is based on the novel, Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, which has got to resonate with older men and women. Both actors are in their late 70’s, their characters are both widows who find each other late in life.

The publisher’s take:

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future. 

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures—their pleasures and their difficulties—are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature. 

Hmmm. I’m not a widow but if I was ... yeah, I guess Redford could keep me company. But you knew I’d say that, didn’t you? How about you, are you up for seeing this pair of icons onscreen together again?
               

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