September 7, 2013 - 16:32 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The first footage from "Labor Day" has made its way out online ahead of the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 7. The film stars Kate Winslet as a single mother named Adele who encounters a wounded man Frank Chambers, played by Josh Brolin, during a shopping trip with her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) and agrees to take him home, AceShowbiz said.
The clip features a scene which takes place shortly after the trio returns home and learns that the stranger is an escaped convict. Frank appears to be planning his next move with some information about the neighborhood from Henry and Adele. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman serves behind the lens for the drama film set for limited release in the U.S. on December 25. He also writes the script based on Joyce Maynard's novel of the same title. Tobey Maguire stars as young Henry, Clark Gregg plays Henry's father Gerald, and James van der Beek takes the role of Officer Treadwell.
"I'm attracted to make characters who make inexplicable decisions. That excites me," Reitman said of what attracted him to the story. "In Labor Day, we are introduced to two people who have no reason to trust each other - and not even in the traditional sense."
“Holidays in American fiction are often the tearful crossroads where domestic expectations clash with domestic reality. Joyce Maynard's sixth novel, "Labor Day," fits right in with this subgenre of broken dreams, chronicling a tense end-of-summer weekend in 1987 in a New Hampshire town.
The book's narrator is Henry, a man in his early 30s who is looking back on his fateful 13th year, when he lived with his mother after his parents' divorce. Labor Day weekend for adolescent Henry is a muggy, breathless pause between the tedium of vacation and the misery of middle school. But life gets a little more exciting when his mother, a depressive loner who rarely leaves the house, takes him to Pricemart to buy him some new pants.
…Reduced to its broad outlines, "Labor Day" can't help sounding a little ridiculous: a goofy mash-up of "Mary Poppins," "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Cape Fear," minus the fear. But there is a lot more to it than that. Like all the fiction Joyce Maynard has written, her new novel may lack many of the literary qualities thought necessary to create a convincing illusion, yet it will not be dismissed. It insists on having its say,” Los Angeles Times says in the book review.