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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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Gary is young, agile, a quick learner. He's one of those who's never been promised anything. After a succession of odd jobs, he's taken on at a nuclear power plant. There, amongst the reactors and their high doses of radioactivity, he finally finds what he's been looking for: money, a team, a family. But the team also includes Karole, Toni's wife, with whom he falls in love. Forbidden love and radiation slowly contaminate Gary. Each day is menacing.

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Tahar Rahim
as Gary Manda
Nozha Khouadra
as Maria, le médecin
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Critic Reviews for Grand Central

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (1)

[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.

June 18, 2015 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The scariest part of this film is when the beepers indicating excessive exposure to invisible death rays go haywire. But director Rebecca Zlotowski focuses more on an underpowered love story.

June 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
The Sun (UK)

The performances all round are really good.

July 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Rahim and Seydoux keep things grounded in the familiar isotopes of human emotion, their passion less explosive than merely uncontained, progressing inexorably toward meltdown.

July 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

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.

July 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Independent (UK)

The film's white trash world of hip-hop, trailer parks, cheap clothes and cheaper wine is beautifully realised.

July 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Irish Times

Audience Reviews for Grand Central

½

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.

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