Sunday, January 21, 2018

Our Souls At Night - The movie and the book

Our Souls At Night was Kent Haruf's last lovely novel before he died situated, as most of his novels, in Holt Colorado.

Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower, have lived next door to each other for years. When Addie tries to make a connection with her neighbor, the two begin sleeping in bed together platonically, with the innocent goal of alleviating their shared loneliness. As their relationship deepens, however, they each deal with grief and loss, and a real romance begins to blossom.

Robert Redford produced the story as a movie starring himself and Jane Fonda. It is available streaming on Netflix.

This novel and movie are clearly for grown-ups. Young people would not understand the tenderness and grief at the end of life that comprise the content of this story. The mutual support that develops is based on respect for each other more than romance.

Erik Erikson describes his eight stages of psychosocial development and names the last and eighth stage for people 65 and over as "integrity vs. despair." Both Louis and Addie have made their mistakes and have their regrets but have arrived at this eighth stage of life with great integrity even though Louis is mocked by his buddies, and Addie judged and criticized by her adult son.

Mocking, judgement, and criticism aside, Addie and Louis have forged a truly loving relationship which is inspiring to witness filling the viewer with great hope in the goodness of human beings and the wonders to be found in the later years of life.

This movie is well worth watching and is recommended for people at this stage of life or those who want to understand what this stage in life might have to offer.

No comments:

Post a Comment