Grand Central, film review: Contrived plotting but Zlotowski cranks up the tension

(15) Rebecca Zlotowski, 94 mins Starring: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet

Geoffrey Macnab
Thursday 17 July 2014 23:45
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Léa Seydoux and Tahar Ramin in ‘Grand Central’
Léa Seydoux and Tahar Ramin in ‘Grand Central’

Rebecca Zlotowski's steamy melodrama plays like a reworking of Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine with the action transplanted from the railways to a nuclear power plant.

Tahar Rahim is the young worker who begins an affair with the fiancée (Léa Seydoux) of one of his colleagues.

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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