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Viewing the first fifteen or so minutes of Jason (Up in the Air) Reitman’s latest offering unencumbered with any foreknowledge of its genre, you might just imagine you were encountering a gripping thriller in the making a la Panic Room.

First there’s the narration taken directly from Joyce Maynard’s novel upon which the film is based.  The adult Henry (Tobey Maguire), looking back at the three days that transformed his world, the Labor Day weekend of 1987, notes:

“It was just the two of us . . . after my father left.” 

His mom, Adele (Kate Winslet), approaching 40, has become a recluse since her divorce, seldom leaving her home anymore. She’s enveloped herself in unceasing sadness that began with several contiguous personal losses. Being abandoned by her spouse was the final straw.  But as Henry notes, I don’t think losing my father broke my mother’s heart; rather losing love itself. »

- Brandon Judell

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