Grand Central (2014)




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
Léa Seydoux
as Karole
Nozha Khouadra
as Maria, le médecin
Camille Lellouche
as Géraldine
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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.

Full Review… | June 18, 2015
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2016
The Sun (UK)

The performances all round are really good.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2014
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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Independent (UK)

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

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Irish Times

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Hugo Guerrero
Hugo Guerrero

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