Created by: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Jason Reitman
Produced by: Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook
Other cast: Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J. K. Simmons
Release date: August 29, 2013
Running time: 111 minutes
A depressed mother's husband has left her for she could not bear a second child. Living alone with her only son, she has an unlikely meeting with an injured escaped convict, and reluctantly takes him into her own care. The man proves to be better than his criminal image as the three bond over Labor Day weekend. The only problem? Everyone in town is looking for him.
Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin agreed to do the movie, but Jason Reitman and Brolin had to wait for Winslet for over a year to begin shooting.
The book that Kate Winslet reads in the movie is “Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World” by Helen K. Nearing and Scott Nearing.
The film takes place in September 1987.
Jason Reitman prepared his cast and crew by screening them films he considered relevant to the project. These included Stand by Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988), The Tree of Life (2011), The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Body Heat (1981).
From the start, Jason Reitman wanted to cast Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in the lead roles.
Joyce Maynard: Author of the book ‘Labor Day’ appears in the store with Kate Winslet, before the titular labor scene.
Adele : I can’t give you a family.
Frank : You already have.
Adele : For all the discussions of body parts and hormones, they forget to mention how it feels. There’s another kind of hunger. The hunger for human touch. Desire. People never tell you about how it feels. The longing…