Juno (movie)

Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' is both traditional and personal

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Director Jason Reitman suspects he will get the same "Labor Day" question that dogged Joyce Maynard when she wrote her 2009 novel of the same name: How could any single mother invite an escaped prisoner into her home?

But if audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, where "Labor Day" is having its world premiere this weekend, are raising that issue, it's because it is initially hard to comprehend the troubled world that Adele (played in Reitman's film by Kate Winslet) has come to inhabit.

Divorced after a devastating family trauma, Adele is living in Massachusetts with her adolescent son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith). One step away from being...