Grand Central (2014)
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Critic Consensus: Disquieting, smartly scripted, and rounded out by a talented cast, Grand Central finds director Rebecca Zlotowski taking a remarkable step forward.
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[Grand Central] starts as a piece of gritty social realism and gradually evolves into an old-fashioned romantic melodrama, but Zlotowski maintains such strong control over the material that the change doesn't feel jarring.
Rahim and Seydoux keep things grounded in the familiar isotopes of human emotion, their passion less explosive than merely uncontained, progressing inexorably toward meltdown.
The plotting may be contrived but Zlotowski cranks up the tension effectively enough as Rahim has to deal with both the threat of radiation poisoning and the consequences of his illicit affair.
The film's white trash world of hip-hop, trailer parks, cheap clothes and cheaper wine is beautifully realised.
Audience Reviews for Grand Central
Rahim and Seydoux display a great chemistry together in this delicate drama that Zlotowski conducts with a candid approach while knowing well how to inject tension in the scenes at the nuclear plant, although it also builds to a not very satisfying conclusion.
This was. Very different kind if love story, because it wasn't very conventional in overflowing the audience with love demonstrations but rather with occasional affairs. The acting from Tahar Rahim & LÃ (C)a Seydoux was very good, and the characters were very odd and hard to read. And maybe that's why I didn't felt as involved with them because it was hard to understand their actions because you didn't don't what was in their minds. However, it did had some emotion to it, as well as some suspense.
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