Film No. 9 (2014) Jan 30. 6.45pm LUNA Paradiso Northbridge.
Kate Winslet has a reputation for being very particular about the roles she accepts. Often she'll go missing for months while she decides her next move. I'm thus surprised she took the lead as Adelle in this predictable, strange film.
Labor Day doesn't know if it is the coming of age story of Adelle's son Henry (brilliantly played by newcomer Gatlin Griffith) or an atmospheric social drama educating the audience in post natal depression. Given those observations, there is flashes of brilliance under both those headings. Then there is the Shawshank "type" skip through time, in the last five minutes, to secure a happy ending.
James Brolin as Frank turns up unexpectedly in Adelle and Henry's lives after he escapes custody while in hospital under armed guard. but all is not what it seems. The Labor Day week-end they spend together becomes the turning point in the way they'll approach their futures'.
I'm starting to sound like the bazaar background atmosphere to the film! 4GUMS.