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Film review: Labor Day

On February 6, 2014

By Sophia Whitfield

Food and love are two ingredients that work well visually when combined on screen. With the addition of Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and a basketful of peaches you have all the makings of the perfect fractured romance.

Writer and director Jason Reitman’s fifth film is a step away from his previous work which includes Up in the Air and Juno . Based on the 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard, it is the story of Adele, a depressed single mother, who emerges from her dark depression in startling circumstances.

Set in the lat eighties Kate Winslet plays Adele, a woman whose depression imprisons her in her own home. She suffers from uncontrollable shaking when faced with meeting people in public, unable to see others whose lives have turned out better than her own. It is not the first time Winslet has played the role of troubled wife (Revolutionary Road).

During a monthly necessary trip to the supermarket Adele’s 13 year old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) is accosted by prison runaway Frank (Josh Brolin) in need of a place to hide. Adele, terrified for her son and herself drives Frank to their home at his request to hide him away from the ongoing manhunt.

Frank is injured and needs time to heal his wounds. As it is Labor Day weekend there are no trains running and Frank is forced to stay longer than expected. He sets to work fixing Adele’s dilapidated house. He teaches Henry how to throw a baseball and to change a tyre, but his greatest talent is his ability to cook up the best peach pie. Lonely and starved of love both Frank and Adele begin to find comfort in each other.

Kate Winslet is never disappointing and she delivers once again here. If you are looking for a romance this weekend then this is the film for you.

Labor Day is released in cinemas across Australia today.

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