Plot: Frank Chambers breaks out of prison and takes up home with a 13-year-old boy and his reclusive mother. At first, they reluctantly allow him to stay but then events change and this is a labour day weekend none of them will forget.
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Toby Maguire and Maika Monroe.
Labour Day is a beautiful but tragic story about love. It’s a well-paced film that is acted flawlessly. However, I couldn’t help but feel like the relationship between the two main characters was a bit unbelievable. Then again, there is no restraint on how fast we’re allowed to fall in love with someone. These two spent a whole weekend in each other’s company.
It’s quite a beautiful story in a sense that they learn so much from each other. He teaches them how to cook pie and she teaches him how to dance. He does work around the house and plays with her son. I do find it kind of strange that when he was going to leave she asked him to stay, I don’t understand how she trusted him so quickly, especially with her son being there but he never did anything wrong to them.
Towards the end of the film, they plan to run away so that he doesn’t have to hide out but their plan is thwarted. Frank ends up back in jail and because they were allowing a fugitive to live in their house, Frank decided to say that he held them hostage so that they wouldn’t get in trouble, adding more time to his sentence. Many years later, he gets out and revisits Winslet’s character and they live happily ever after. The scene where they meet again after so many years brought a tear to my eye because she never moved on. She stayed in that house and waited. It was heartbreaking. It’s sweet that they still ended up together.