I wish someone had told me earlier that this film was directed by Ritesh Batra because I wouldn’t have put off watching it for so long. Batra also directed The Lunchbox a couple of years ago, which is a lovely, gentle story of two strangers gradually getting to know each other.
Although Jane Fonda and Robert Redford’s characters already know each other when this story starts, the director’s same gentle touch applies.
The two actors are a great match for each other; their working history together allows the viewer to trust their characters from the start (even if they don’t quite trust each other) and go to with them on this strange, yet very honest journey of older years.
I’ve not always been a fan of Jane Fonda’s work, but she is particularly good here leading the relationship through its complications and not being afraid to say what she wants, while maintaining the dignity and responsibilities of a mother and grandmother.
Obviously I can’t let an appearance from Matthias Schoenaerts go unmentioned – it might be a little strange casting a Belgian as Fonda’s son in small-town America, but he does his familiar ‘rough around the edges’ turn and I’d rather see him than others.