OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

Labor Day

From the director of Up In The Air and Juno

Poster art for Labor DayInto the sad, shut-in life of Adele Wheeler, the tremulous single mom played by Kate Winslet in Labor Day, comes a man. A strong, hushed, handsome man. He’s handy around the house. He knows how to dance. He can cook chili and make breakfast. He teaches Adele’s 13-year-old boy, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), how to play baseball. And he has an awesome recipe for peach pie.

The fact that Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) is also an escaped convict, imprisoned for killing someone, may complicate matters a bit. But hey, you take what you can get.

What begins as a hostage situation soon becomes something else altogether: a swooning love story. Brolin’s portrayal of the runaway inmate Frank is wonderfully sly – he’s a walking, talking, lovemaking fantasy of sensitive hunkhood. The actor knows this guy is too much, but he makes him genuine nonetheless.

And Winslet is just extraordinary as this fragile, flinching woman who returns to her senses in the company of this mysterious stranger.

And it is a yarn. But it’s so full of passion, poetry, and humour that it becomes, for the time, quite real.

– Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
 

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