Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were reunited in a new moving romance, Our Souls at Night. The two Hollywood stars were reunited 50 years after their first onscreen romance, Barefoot in the Park. This is their fourth collaboration on screen.
Adapted from the Kent Haruf novel, the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Friday and will debut on Netflix in this month. The story is centered on a widow and widower who live next door to each other and fall into an unexpected romantic relationship. Their bond helps them combat their loneliness after many years of living in the same town, but having little interaction.
During a press conference at the Festival, Fonda told reporters that “[i]n Barefoot in the Park, I couldn’t keep my hands off of him. I was constantly forcing myself on him. In Our Souls at Night, the dynamic of my character to his character was somewhat similar. I just love the fact that these films bookend our careers. We played that young love just getting married and now we play old people love and old people sex. Although, In my opinion, Ritesh cut the sex scene too soon.” Fonda went on making a cheeky comment to the reporters saying that Redford “doesn’t like sex scenes,” while she lives for them, but she did also say that Redford is a great kisser, “[i]t was fun to kiss him in my 20s and then to kiss him again in my almost 80s.”
Fonda answered the reporters’ questions very candidly, speaking openly about how love changes as one gets older, “You know your body better, so you’re not afraid to ask for what you need. I think on a love and sex level, it just gets better.” As for Redford, he simply responded, “It just increases.”
Our Souls at Night premieres September 29.