Labor Day: Jason Reitman Makes a Heavy Drama Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

Posted: September 20, 2013 in Movies

labor_dayIf the first official poster for Jason Reitman’s Labor Day looks like the first official still released, that’s because it is.   It is a nice still though, full of desperately wanting to belong, fear, weariness, isolation and fragile, halting love trying to cling to anything valuable.  

Labor Day is a drama, a tone departure for Reitman who has been grinding out superior comedies on the travails of love and commitment for the last few years (Juno, Young Adult, Up in the Air) that get Oscar’s attention in the directing, writing and acting categories.   The buzz from TIFF and elsewhere has been pretty strong, so expect Labor Day to get some heavy academy consideration and probable nominations not only  for  Reitman but stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. 

Labor Day is based on the novel by Joyce Maynard about a depressed single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith playing the younger version and Dylan Minnette the older one) who offer a wounded, fearsome man (Brolin) a ride– who turns out to be an escaped convict.  As the police search closes in on him, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

The clip is filled with moments that highlight the usual emotional themes Reitman excels at displaying. 

Labor Day opens limited on Christmas Day and then expands wide on January 31, 2014.  

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