London Film Festival Review: Labor Day
15th October 2013
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★★★★★ I have always found Kate Winslet’s honest, occasionally heartbreaking performances compelling (her near-awful turn in Titanic aside), and Labor Day could very well earn her a second Oscar. She plays a nervous, semi-agoraphobic single mother trying to bring up her young teenage son. One day on a rare trip out of the house she is intimidated by a strange man. He is wounded and puts his hand on the back of her son’s neck and says she needs to give him a ride. She goes with it, he insists on going back to her home, and there he remains for a few days. The man, played sensitively by Josh Brolin, is an escaped convict who took flight whilst having surgery at a nearby hospital. However, he seems gentle and kind and over the course of the film he becomes something of a companion to mother and son. She needs a partner, he needs a father. The man needs sanctuary. They fit quite well.
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