Fresh from its sneak at Telluride, “Labor Day” had its official world premiere at the Toronto film festival on Saturday. Favorite son Jason Reitman returned to the fest for the first time since 2009 when “Up in the Air” began its race for the Oscars here.
While that film received near-universal praise, his adaptation of Joyce Maynard‘s novel about a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gatlin Griffith) who give shelter to an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) in the late summer of 1987 is drawing divided opinions.
For the film to work, audiences must accept that Winslet’s character — who is battling depression — would allow Brolin’s to talk his way into making her take him home despite her misgivings. A certain segment just won’t go along for this ride, but for those who do the payoff is worth it.
Winslet — who has reaped a jaw-dropping six Oscar nominations from just 21 movies culminating with a win in 2008 for “The Reader” — has an uphill battle to make the cut in the competitive Best Actress race.
However, Brolin — who has never been better — is already in fourth place for Best Supporting Actor. He contended in this category back in 2008 for “Milk,” losing to the late Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”).
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