Our Souls at Night is a 2017 American drama film directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
Louis Waters is a widower. One evening he is visited by Addie, a widow who lives next door. She invites him to sometimes sleep over – platonically – talking in bed to combat loneliness. They try it out, and like it. The community finds out, but assume it’s a sexual relationship.
Addie’s son dumps his child Jamie with her. Louis helps her care for him, and gets him a dog. After Jamie’s father picks him up, Louis and Addie go on a trip and have sex.
Addie falls down and ends up in the hospital, and her son wants her to move in with him and Jamie. She does, and both she and Louis sleep alone. So Louis sends her a phone, and they start talking to each other after getting into bed. And the movie ends.
It is based on the novel of same name by Kent Haruf. The film stars Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Judy Greer. It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2017. It was released on September 29, 2017 by Netflix. It marked the fourth collaboration between Fonda and Redford having previously starred in The Chase, Barefoot in the Park, and The Electric Horseman.
The film received acclaim from critics on its release with appreciation to the film’s direction, adaptation from the novel and performances, with critics widely praised the casting of Fonda and Redford who were appreciated for the respective performances and their chemistry.