Wednesday, October 11, 2017

[Review] Our Souls At Night

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda star in Our Souls At Night, a subdued yet affecting sleeper that you can catch on Netflix.

Louis (Redford) and Addie (Fonda) are two lonely souls, long removed from their respective spouses. One day, Addie randomly knocks on Louis' door and asks if he wants to sleep with her. No--not that kind--but you know, just to lie side-by-side and talk to each other about their lives until they drift off. Eventually, Louis accepts the proposal, with reservations of course.

That's the setup. I know it doesn't like the most ...exciting premise, but it's the type of twilight-years story that isn't often explored in cinema. Ritesh Batra (director of 2014's bittersweet love story The Lunchbox) gives this character study an unhurried but assured touch. The film, fittingly, has a nice calming effect. It moves at a gentle rhythm to a soothing folky soundtrack. It also has a solid sense of a small-town setting (and the "everyone knows everyone" gossip that comes with it). And I've said this before, but I always appreciate a great final line of dialogue in a script, and this film has one.

Our Souls At Night thrives on small and subtle moments, but in the end it feels like a wave of change has taken place. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda both give fantastic performances here. But seriously, would you expect anything less?

( 7/10 )

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