Later today Paramount Pictures will be unveiling the first theatrical trailer for Jason Reitman's Labor Day, but as prelude they've released this special online trailer to /Film. Both moody and intriguing, the above teaser subtly and wordlessly sets up the story at its center in just a few gorgeous shots. Tip of the hat to cinematography Eric Steelberg.

Based on the Joyce Maynard novel, Labor Day stars Kate Winslet as Adele, a melancholy single mother whose desperate and lonely life is given an unexpected ray of hope when an escaped convict takes her and her teen son Henry hostage. Josh Brolin plays opposite her as Frank, the sought after criminal who insists there's more to his story than the newspapers suggest, and Green Lantern's Gattlin Griffith plays Henry, who is trying to make sense of the world and the nature of love through this bizarre holiday weekend. Clark Gregg, Tobey Maguire, and James Van Der Beek co-star.

As you can see from the trailer, Labor Day is a marked departure from Reitman's typical fare. After building his reputation with witty and often dark comedies like Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult, the talented writer-director is devoting himself to drama here, and the results have overall been heralded so far. Labor Day made its world premiere last August at the Telluride Film Festival before going to the Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, and Austin's Film Festival. Along the way, it won praise from critics, including our own Sean O'Connell who said, "Labor Day definitely moved me in ways I didn't anticipate."

For a more intense look at the emotional bond that builds between Adele and Frank, check out this previously released clip:

Labor Day Poster

Labor Day will open in limited release on Christmas Day and expand into wider release on January 31st, 2014. Already Reitman is lining up his follow-up, which like Labor Day, Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air will be adapted from a novel.

Men, Women & Children, his next feature on deck, will return Reitman to his comfort zone of quirky comedy. Based on the Chad Kultgen novel, its story will follow a batch of junior high students whose burgeoning sexual desires are as baffling to them as they are to their deeply flawed parents. The project will reunite Reitman with Juno star Jennifer Garner. Plus it will give the lauded young filmmaker the opportunity to work with such diverse comedic talents as Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Cameron Diaz, and potentially Judy Greer, if her contract negotiations pan out. A production date for this project has not yet been announced.

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