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Labor Day

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

Labor Day is a real “Snot en Trane” movie

Labor Day is a touching and beautiful film about two lost and troubled souls who find love under the strangest of circumstances.

Co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush, the movie is set in the late 1980’s. Adele Wheeler (played by the talented Kate Winslet) and her 13-year old son Henry (Played by Gattlin Griffith) live in a small rural community.  Adele is depressed and reclusive and only goes into town to shop when she absolutely has to, and it is on one of these rare shopping expeditions that a shady looking man, clutching his bloody shirt, manages to persuade Henry to ask his mom to give him a ride. 

Once in the car, the man asks Adele to take him to her home to rest.  Afraid to say no, Adele allows the stranger to enter her home. The man is actually Frank Chambers (played by the equally talented Josh Brolin), a convicted murderer, who managed to escape from custody after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix. 

Through flashbacks, the audience eventually learns that Frank is no murderer, but a victim of cruel circumstances.
 
Adele and Henry are captivated by Frank, whose talents are endless. His culinary skills are legendary, he attends to a myriad of maintenance jobs around the house,  teaches Henry to play baseball and generally assumes the role of  “man of the house”, that has been vacant since Adele’s husband left her for another woman.

Frank and Adele fall in love and over the Labor Day weekend plan to pack up their belongings and flee to Canada, taking Henry with them.

Due to an unfortunate sequence of events, things don’t go the way they planned, but if you want to know exactly how things unfold, you will have to go and see this truly wonderful movie for yourself.

You will laugh, you will cry and you will realize that things are not always as they appear to be. There are a number of life lessons to be learnt in this film, notably that one should never judge a book by its cover,  and that some things are just meant to be.

The movie has been classified 10-12 PG and opens on Friday, 07 February at cinemas countrywide.

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