Earlier this year, Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky reported on the uplifting story of Braves catcher Evan Gattis, and said, “It probably won’t last. It’s too beautiful.” That line has stuck with me all summer. Beautiful things are temporary, but pain seemingly lasts forever. The worst memories are at best an ugly scar and usually an open wound that stings every time you touch it or even look at it. Jason Reitman’s earnest, moving drama Labor Day examines the desperation to heal and how fate can conspire to tear away what’s beautiful. It’s a snapshot of total happiness with storm clouds on the horizon. Labor Day is Reitman’s most mature film to date, and it powerfully shows how the most modest of hopes can be the ones that almost break us completely.
Director Jason Reitman has commenced production on his next feature, the drama Labor Day. The film is based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name and centers on a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter over Labor Day weekend. It’s later revealed that the man is an escaped convict and the three spend a weekend together that will “shape them for the rest of their lives.” Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star as the two leads, and Reitman felt so strongly about his cast that he pushed the production schedule back a year until both Winslet and Brolin were free.
Reitman wrote the screenplay himself and is directing Labor Day as his follow-up to last year’s Young Adult. As a big fan of Reitman’s past work (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air), I’m eager to see him tackle this weighty dramatic material. Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek also star in the film. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the updated synopsis.