|Released September 1, 2017.|
The film maintains the same slow pace and understated story, but the film alters the ending to make it more open and upbeat. By doing so, it erases the powerful message that adult children shouldn't interfere in their parents' relationships. Harrumph.
Nevertheless, it's great to see a film that portrays mature love. Addie (played by Jane Fonda) and Louis (played by Robert Redford) are neighbors in a small town in western Colorado, but they never really talked to each other.
This changes when Addie asks Louis if he would like to spend the night sleeping beside her. She's not asking for sex; she's asking for companionship. He thinks about it and then agrees.
This begins the journey of these two opening their hearts--or their souls--to each other. They share key stories of their lives, express their desire to be closer to their children, confess regret for actions from decades past.
I would have preferred that the film stay true to the novel, but it's still a triumph to have a film that depicts older adults and their point of view, their challenges, their concerns. The leads (b. 1936 and 1937) deliver powerful performances in every word, action, and look.
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