April 28, 2016 at 09:50 PM EDT

The Meddler — in theaters now — happens to be just the kind of movie Susan Sarandon would want to buy a ticket to see. “My favorite kind of film to watch — or to be in — is one that’s entertaining and funny and kind of eccentric, but then suddenly when you least expect it, something happens and you’re moved,” she says. “It’s kind of an old-fashioned movie.”

In this poignant indie written by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Sarandon plays Marnie, a widow still grieving the loss of her husband, who then follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life. Instead, she gets overly preoccupied with the idea of trying to “fix” both her daughter’s life and an ever-expanding circle of people’s lives around her.

The film costars Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, and Cecily Strong, a draw says Sarandon, and kept appropriately indie hours. “We had a short schedule with a low budget. I was happy to know that I could work that hard and not find it difficult,” she says. “It was nice to be engaged that much.”

Listen below to Sarandon’s interview about The Meddler.

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