Grand Central
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performances all round are really good."
‑ Aine O'Connor, Irish Independent
"The film's white trash world of hip-hop, trailer parks, cheap clothes and cheaper wine is beautifully realised."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"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."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Alternately fascinating and frustrating."
‑ Violet Lucca, Little White Lies
"Hot off Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Seydoux again offers a frank turn, while Rahim and Ménochet add real class."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
"Rahim and Seydoux keep things grounded in the familiar isotopes of human emotion, their passion less explosive than merely uncontained, progressing inexorably toward meltdown."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Seydoux, in particular, is saddled with an arbitrary, enigmatic vixen role in an ultimately too slight drama where ambiguities aren't really a virtue."
‑ Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny
"By focusing on a man who's not only inept, but cavalier about his own [radiation] exposure, "Grand Central" is full of tense moments. If only the romance [Zlotowski] bogs down with symbolism were as enthralling."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Zlotowski takes admirable risks, and the result is a flawed, provocative curio."
‑ Emma Simmonds, Radio Times
"A gripping if occasionally overwrought drama radiated by a standout turn from Seydoux."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Without making a vamp of herself, Seydoux goes from strength to strength, and Rahim is as nervy, reliable, and relatable as ever."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Léa Seydoux are not only convincing but raise the heat without overpowering Rebecca Zlotowski's sensitive, fly-on-the-wall approach."
‑ Kent Turner,
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