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Labor Day (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 31 January 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Aires de esperanza  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,175,282 (USA) (31 January 2014)

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$13,362,308 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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The film takes place in September 1987. See more »

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The boxed-end ratcheting wrench that Frank asked Henry to hand to him while working on the car was not available in 1987. See more »

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Adult Henry: It was just the two of us after my father left. She said I should count the baby he had with his new wife Marjorie as part of my family too. Plus Richard, Marjorie's son. For the most part my mother never mentioned my father, or the woman he was married to now.
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Referenced in On Cinema: On Alternative Medicine (2014) See more »

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It Ain't Necessarily So
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward
Performed by Cal Tjader
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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An art film, more focused on emotions and senses than story
10 November 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

Labor Day is an unbelievably gorgeous mood piece, a finely-tuned film which is strongly driven by senses and emotions over plot or story. It's arguably one of the best films of 2013.

I haven't seen a Reitman film since Juno so I haven't caught up. So I'm not sure where he matured from a 'good' director of a quirky script to an 'art' director who can carry an entire film on his shoulders. That's not to say everyone else in this film didn't do a great job. But the film works because of Reitman's meticulous vision.

Heavy use of cross-fades, editing driven by emotional undercurrent over logic, and some stream-of-consciousness flowing from a mysterious source. The music is avant-garde and beautiful, one moment eerie and unsettling, the next pleasant and lilting. Which reflects the way the film, like a piece of classical music, displays sudden shifts of mood or tonality, back and forth, requiring your utmost concentration and appreciation.

Writing too much else would spoil the fun. But the mindset you should bring this film, should you want to see it, is to give yourself over to the experience, rather than bringing an overly (and unnecessarily) critical mind to it's 'unoriginal' or 'uneventful' plot.


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