Grand Central
Grand Central (2014)

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… More

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Genre: Drama
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disquieting, smartly scripted, and rounded out by a talented cast, Grand Central finds director Rebecca Zlotowski taking a remarkable step forward.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[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.

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Geoffrey Macnab

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.

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Emma Simmonds
Radio Times

Zlotowski takes admirable risks, and the result is a flawed, provocative curio.

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Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

The performances all round are really good.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

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

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A torrid attraction and a toxic workplace make a potent combination in Grand Central, a French drama reliant on the smouldering charms of Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

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

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

French drama about decontamination workers in a nuclear power plant is riveting when it focuses on the details and dangers of the job, less so when it devolves into a sexy working-class soap opera.

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Peter Bradshaw

I found it gripping, with an edge of delirium; the locations within the power station are positively Kubrickian; there's a disquieting electronic score and Tahar Rahim gives a very open, generous performance.

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Carlos Magalhães
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… More