Our Souls at Night by Kent HarufA 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 Harufs 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 Louiss 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 writers enduring contribution to American literature.
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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Colorado College professor David Hendrickson found an unusual note on the door of his Colorado Springs home last year. A location scout had driven down his street and thought his home would be a perfect location for the character played by Jane Fonda in Our Souls at Night , a Netflix adaptation of a book by the late Kent Haruf that stars Fonda and Robert Redford. Rather than film the movie on the plains, where Haruf's novel is set — in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado — the crew was based in Florence, with forays into Colorado Springs and Denver.
It is based on the novel of same name by Kent Haruf. It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, It was released on September 29, by Netflix. The film received acclaim from critics, who appreciated the film's direction, adaptation from the novel, and performances especially Fonda , with critics widely praising the casting of Fonda and Redford and their chemistry. Louis Waters, a widower, and Addie Moore, a widow, have been neighbours for decades but hardly know each other. One night, Addie visits Louis to suggest that they spend the night together, non-sexually, to counter their loneliness.
But we checked into the Plaza Hotel as newlyweds in Barefoot in the Park. And here we are checking into a hotel again to make love for the first time. In each movie, it was the first time that [our characters] were going to be together sexually. And I just thought that was a real kick in the ass. Soon enough, as Addie and Louis Redford bond, romantic feelings develop. Though the reunion was mostly a lovely one, Fonda does have one complaint about the movie—that her love scene with Redford was not longer. In a separate conversation with Batra, the director conceded that he too wished the scene had been longer.