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Depressed single mum Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Starring:
Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Labor Day

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire
Director Jason Reitman
Genres Drama
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 4 August 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire
Director Jason Reitman
Genres Drama
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 4 August 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing German, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitles English, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, French, Italian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 April 2014
Format: DVD
Plenty of people will watch Labor Day expecting to see a ‘fugitive on the run’ action-adventure flick. That’s very much what the trailer suggested, highlighting the escaped-convict plotline. But there’s very little violence (or indeed action) in this film, and all of it is included in the trailer. So it initially looks like a movie about a desperate killer, holding a family hostage and forcing his affections on the woman while leading the teenage son astray. But it’s nothing of the kind – so don’t bother buying or renting if you were expecting something like Natural Born Killers…

Instead, Labor Day is a gently sentimental romance about an unlikely love-match between damaged individuals. The killer has escaped from jail, true, but in reality it’s the woman in this film who has been imprisoned in her own home by crippling neurosis and insecurity. A thread of tension runs throughout the plot; it starts as distrust between the killer possibly his next victims but it soon develops a romantic, almost erotic edge. There’s nothing explicit but an awful lot is implied in lingering moments of physical contact. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin create a pair of credible, vulnerable characters – both with traumatic histories which are revealed in flashbacks as their short-lived relationship develops. Winslet is especially excellent as the fragmented, tormented mother who get so shaky she can't even start the car...
Labor Day isn’t completely soppy, and the latter half of the film very much revolves around the threat of discovery and the loss of what has so unexpectedly blossomed. The tension racks up as the hunt for the escaped convict draws closer: the son may have betrayed his mother’s growing hope for a new life – or a nosy neighbour might be their undoing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bianca mclaughlin on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
This is now up there with some of my favourite movies. The story is believable despite other people's reviews, it is a story after all! I kind of cried my way through it from about quarter of the way through. The music in the back ground is very emotive. I have put this film up there with the Notebook and that's an amazing film. I want to watch it again now I've written this review! If you like a love story then you will love this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NLB on 8 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Such a beautifully told, acted and directed story of love, grief, renewal; it manages to be intense yet gentle, and say so very much with so few words. An absolute sumptuous, emotionally evocative feast for the heart and eyes.
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By Samarees Sword on 5 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Kate Winslet has become the unsurpassed poster girl for small town Americana ; quite an achievement for a Brit. Of course it all started with Titanic, the rebellious heiress falling in love with small town Jack. Since then she's managed to capture and haunt us with narratives emulating the underbelly of America. From the leafy green streets of middle class parental boredom in Little Children, to the plight and tragedy of stay at home mothers from the 1950's, in Revolutionary Road.
In Labor Day, It is familiar territory having Winslet personify the depressed, single mother of a profoundly introspective child. It echoes not only Revolutionary Road, but there are traces of the characters from Mildred Pierce and The Reader; the stoic, sacrificial and faithful, jilted woman, who is trodden on by her belief in the passion of true love.

The film is thoughtful and romantic, its strands are beautifully strung together by a melancholy score from Rolf Kent. The caressing tones accompanied by gauzy photography give the film a Bridges of Madison County feel; youth and love lost only to be found by a random stranger- in this case,possibly a dangerous one.
The director, Jason Reitman, manages to keep the audience guessing about the prospect of danger and the relationship which slowly develops between our two protagonists- behind closed doors.
Brolin plays the fugitive against type perfectly and the back story is revealed with flashbacks in a clever bit of film device- we aren't too sure until close to the end, whose story it is...
Watch with tissues at the ready-
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2014
Format: DVD
Henry (Gattlin Griffith) lives modestly with his lonely single mom (Kate Winslet made to look dowdy). She is a prisoner in her own home. Then Frank (Josh Brolin) an escaped convict comes into their life and he sets her free for five days. Henry provides some narration and there are flashbacks to build character late in the film.

A combination sad and heart warming formulaic romance tale.
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By Alison Petrie VINE VOICE on 14 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
I saw this film last week and it still lingers in the memory. Some people might consider it slow moving but it is beautifully acted and very moving.

All of the principal actors excel but the stand out performance for me was Josh Brolin playing Frank. Who would have thought that he would be so tender in the role and this film really puts him forward as an excellent actor. As the movie unfolds you see that Frank is basically a decent man who made some bad choices and has paid for them time and time again. I am not excusing his crime but, when you see the build up to what put him in prison, your heart breaks.

The best film that I have seen for a long time.
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