In "Labor Day," single mother Adele Wheeler (Kate Winslet) lives with her son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), in a small town in the 1980s. Having lost a part of her when Henry's father left her, Adele rarely leaves the home and when she does, is overwhelmed with depression. One day when she and Henry are shopping, Henry is approached by a bloody and suspicious Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), who forces them to take him to their home.
Soon Adele learns that Frank has escaped from prison where he was serving time for murder. While she is frightened by him, she allows him to stay in her home and soon builds a romantic relationship. This is all compromised however when the police find Frank and jeopardize the quiet and secluded life they've created together.
"Labor Day" is just one of several movies which received recognition in the 2013-14 award season alongside others like "Gimme Shelter," "I, Frankenstein," "Ride Along," "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, "The Wolf of Wall Street, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" "Her," "American Hustle," "Saving Mr. Banks," August: Osage County, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Philomena, "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "12 Years a Slave," and "Frozen".
This Is Frank. He Needs Help.
Frank Chambers: "I wonder if you could give me a hand here."
Henry Wheeler: "You're bleeding."
Henry Wheeler: "Mama, this is Frank. He needs help."
Frank Chambers: "He was kind enough to offer me a ride."
Adele Wheeler: "We really can't help you."
Frank Chambers: "Frankly, this needs to happen."
Adele Wheeler: "Where do you want to go?"
Frank Chambers: "Your house"
News Reporter: "Who are police looking for? Frank Chambers, an inmate at Stinchfield Prison, serving 18 years for murder."
Let a Woman Like Your Mother Get Away
Frank Chambers: "How's a fellow let a woman like your mother get away?"
Henry Wheeler: "He got together with his secretary."
Henry opens up a bit about his mother's past, namely what happened with Adele and Henry's father. Frank seems to be interested in Adele romantically and is willing to pursue it.
Just Leaving the House Was Difficult
Henry Wheeler: "It was just the two of us after my father left. I don't think losing my father broke my mother's heart but rather losing love itself. Her hands started shaking beyond her control. Just leaving the house was difficult."A now-adult Henry reflects on his mother prior to the events in the film and describes how her loss of love nearly crippled her. She could barely leave the house, opting much more for staying in their home, where she was comfortable.
I'd Be Grateful If You Let Me Stay
Frank Chambers: "I'd be grateful if you'd let me stay till nightfall."
Henry Wheeler: "Is it against the law to hide a fugitive?"
Frank Chambers: "If someone were to come by, it would need to look like I kidnapped you."
Adele Wheeler: "How do I know you won't hurt us?"
Frank Chambers: "I've never intentionally hurt anyone in my life."
Adele Wheeler: "I am stronger than you think and I won't let anything happen to my son."
Frank Chambers: "I don't doubt that."