Are you a Jason Reitman fan? If you’ve enjoyed his previous films, Juno, Young Adult and Up In The Air, then you’ll probably be excited by his latest film, Labor Day, which will be debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Making a stark, stylistic change from his previous works, Labor Day will be led by themes of love, treachery and sex. The film’s story is told from the perspective of the teenager, played by Gattlin Griffith (and Tobey Macguire plays the older version of the boy), and follows he and his mother after they unknowingly give an escape convict a ride in their car. The screenplay was adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel by Reitman, and has been getting glowing reviews. Catherine Shoard of The Guardian said that, “[this film is] brilliantly executed, from the gliding camera and the poise of staging to Rolfe Kent’s score, which keeps us guessing as to the genre, then sustains tension once we’re on solid ground. The acting’s as accomplished as you’d expect: Winslet a trembling mess, Brolin sure-footedly walking a tightrope.”
Check out the first clip from the film, “How Far Are The Train Tracks”. The film also stars Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, James Van Der Beek, and Clark Gregg. It hits theatres on January 31st, 2014.
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.