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Where to Watch: Netflix (and limited theatrical release)
Premiere: Sept. 29
Stars: Jane Fonda, Judy Greer, Robert Redford
"He doesn't like sex scenes," said Jane Fonda, 79, pointing at Robert Redford, 81, at the Venice premiere of Our Souls at Night, their fourth film together. "I live for sex scenes! It was fun to kiss him in my 20s and to kiss him again in my almost 80s." Half a century after Redford played Fonda's uptight husband in Barefoot in the Park, they’re together again in this lovely last-chance romance by Ritesh Batra, based on the posthumously published last novel by Kent Haruf.
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Actually, it's more fun to watch this screen couple build up to a kiss now because they're better actors, especially together. In 1967, they had chemistry and Barefoot writer Neil Simon's killer quips, but Redford was prettier than Fonda, each was confined by a sexy persona, and she didn't know what she was doing, career-wise at least. (She turned down Rosemary’s Baby and Bonnie and Clyde for Barbarella). Now he's a weathered hunk, she's prettier, and they're both so good that you forget they are incandescent legends and think they're just regular folks seeking warmth as the world grows cold. Fonda said it felt like Barefoot in the Park — "I couldn't keep my hands off of him" — only the sex is sweeter. "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.”