DVD Grand Central

DVD Grand Central
DVD Grand Central
Run time: 94 min
Rating: 6.3
Genres: Drama | Romance
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Writers: Gaëlle Macé, Rebecca Zlotowski
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet
Gary, an unskilled young man, lands a job as a decontamination sub-contractor at a nuclear power plant in the lower valley of the Rhone. Inducted into the workforce by supervisor Gilles and veteran Toni, Gary discovers that radiation contamination is not just a risk factor but an everyday hazard. At the same time, he begins an illicit affair with Karole, the fiancée of Toni. Written by Anonymous
Plot Keywords: decontamination, nuclear power plant, male frontal nudity, wedding dress, geiger counter
Country: Austria, France
Release Date: 18 July 2014 (UK)


  1. A really worth seeing little french drama, who speaks – for the first time, as far as I know – about workers in the civil nuclear industry. And not the elite engineers, no, the simple and under paid workers, who have to struggle every day about their safety against all the deadly danger they are all exposed to. The characters study is very well done, in a very accurate way. The story besides is not the most important thing if it all. The usual love story: the gal to be married, her husband and the lover. Nothing new here, but the surrounding is worth. The film remains although a little confusing,and the end may let you a strange feeling. I have not found yet what exactly worried me about it…

    Not a usual film.

  2. In Grand Central director Rebecca Zlotowski examines the dangers of unharnessed power, tracing a spectrum from the simplest to the most horrifying.

    Man can subdue animal power easily enough — when it's the mechanical bull riding contest in the bar. So too the old jalopy, the horsepower convertible, and the outlaw energies of young men, like Gary (Tahar Rahim) and his new friend, the pickpocket, who buy the vehicle from gypsies, another emblem of the unharnessed life. The trouble begins when the dangerous forces are sexual passion on the human scale and nuclear power on the societal.

    When Gary goes to work in the new Austrian nuclear energy plant, despite all the training, warnings and precautions, he — and others, older and wiser — are destroyed by it. His passionate involvement with Karole (Lea Seydoux), another plant employee, eventually shatters the social peace and causes Gary to take on even more radioactivity. The uncontrolled sexual passion and the inadequately controlled radiation power bring him down.

    The pregnant Karole rejects Gary in favour of her sterile so suspicious fiancé Toni (Denis Menochet) out of her fear. From Gary's frightening and destructive passion she shifts to Toni's security.

    The Gary and Karole love scenes usually play out in the plush countryside, as an escape from the sterile industrial plant — an oxymoronic term if there ever was one. However fertile the setting and their sex, however, the lovers' extremity is frightening. That actual plant, incidentally, was completed just before Austria voted to ban nuclear power. Little wonder. For more see http://www.yacowar.blogspot.com.

  3. Angst, passion, and sex all within the shadows of a nuclear power plant.

    Here's the plot – Gary and friends show up at a nuclear power plant seeking jobs. Here Gary finds Karole & Karole finds Gary. Gary and friends buy an old car from gypsy's. You never see it again after first drive. Gary and Karole spend a lot of time in the woods banging away. Gary goes to work at power plant, eventually looses his job. Karole decides to marry her boyfriend Toni. Karole wears a hoochie mama wedding dress at ceremony. On wedding night Gary tries to drag Karole away with him. Toni beats the crap out of Gary. Next day Gary decides to leave and starts walking to where – we don't know. Karole (still in her hoochie mama wedding dress) comes running after Gary. She say's "I was scared" and then the nuclear plant alert warning horns start blaring. End of movie!

    Thats it.

  4. 'Grand Central' is a French film starring Tahar Rahim ('A Prophet') as Gary (a splendid French name), a man with a criminal past. It can't have been a very successful criminal career – Gary seems to own one set of clothes only – so it's probably just as well he is looking for honest work, which he finds at a nuclear power station. But accidents involving radiation – not to mention starting an affair with the fiancée (Léa Seydoux – 'Blue is the Warmest Colour') of one of his colleagues – mean things will get worse before they get better.

    This film nails its gender equality colours firmly to the mast in the love scenes between Rahim and Seydoux: she has to go full-frontal, while he shows no more than you'd see at a family beach. One would think a film directed by a woman (Rebecca Zlotowski, who also co-wrote) would be a bit more equal (either covering her up, or – preferably – stripping him off!) Apart from that I can't say this film excited any strong emotion in me: I didn't enjoy it, but to say I disliked it would be too strong – it was on the screen, I watched it, and when it had finished I got up and left the cinema. I can't even explain why I feel so indifferent to it: definitely a 'so-so' film.

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