Depressed single mom 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.
A depressed mother's husband has left her for she could not bear a second child. Living alone with her only son, she has an unlikely meeting with an injured escaped convict, and reluctantly takes him into her own care. The man proves to be better than his criminal image as the three bond over Labor Day weekend. The only problem? Everyone in town is looking for him.
The book that Kate Winslet reads in the movie is "Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World" by Helen K. Nearing and Scott Nearing. See more »
The Panasonic VHS VCR on the top of the TV did not exist in 1987 - it has a center deck style that was common in the late 1990s (e.g. it looks similar to Panasonic's PV-V4020 model that was made in 1999). VCRs of the time had a deck on the left-hand side and display on the right. See more »
I don't think losing my father broke my mother's heart, but rather losing love itself.
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If you're interested in a good adult romantic drama, look no further than the movie "Labor Day."
Superior acting by Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and young Gattlin Griffith, this is a story with multi- layered depth and haunting flashbacks through dreams ... some viewers might become impatient as the various dream scenes flicker across the movie screen. Just wait, it's all done with amazing dramatic effect, and when the dream scape finally reveals itself, you'll be impressed with the final story.
More importantly, "Labor Day" displays the under utilized message of the impact of relationships, even though the positive results are revealed many years later.
The soundtrack is unusual and haunting, providing a surreal effect on the entire production.
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