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Thursday, March 06, 2014

 

GRAND CENTRAL


GRAND CENTRAL
A FILM BY REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI

 Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux
GRAND CENTRAL

In this love story, set among workers at a nuclear power plant, there are different and various reasons why different people choose to work in this dangerous environment:
GRAND CENTRAL is a love story, but it is also almost a documentary of life in a nuclear power station, and by extension, life in any dangerous blue collar job in a remote location where all the workers work and live closely together, largely isolated from any other life or people.

The work is hard, and dangerous, and the more strong emotions (love, jealousy, rivalry) that are injected into the workplace, the more dangerous the work becomes. If you have ever wondered whether nuclear power plants are insulated from the foibles of the people who run them, this film provides a strong suggestion that the answer is NO WAY!

At the nuclear power plant
workers must guard their radiation dosage
with protective clothes before going in
and a scrub-down coming out.
GRAND CENTRAL


Nuclear power plants, generally speaking (not in the context of any issue raised in this film) are dangerous for the following reasons:
Few films (other than war-films) provide the detailed picture of life on the job that this picture describes.  The depiction was done carefully and, in fact, was shot in an actual nuclear reactor building (which, however, though built, was never run: a nuclear accident somewhere else, just before the reactor was to be started up, led to a decision not to use it... so it lay unused until the filmmakers discovered it).

The love story is torrid, although at times a bit confusing.  

The music, cinematography, and all the performances are excellent.

This is a most interesting film.  It won the Francois Chalais prize at Cannes (a prize related to journalism), and some awards at other festivals; Olivier Gourmet was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 César Awards.

GRAND CENTRAL will be screened in New York at the 2014 RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA. For more information about Rendez-Vous, please see:

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/03/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2014.html


Here's the description of the film at the Rendez-Vous:

GRAND CENTRAL
Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Austria, 2013, 94m
In French with English subtitles

A nuclear power plant serves as the setting for a forbidden romance as volatile as the facility itself in the intense, brilliantly acted second feature from Rebecca Zlotowski (Belle Epine). Gary (A Prophet's Tahar Rahim) is a poor, unskilled laborer looking for easy money and a place to fit in. Karole (Léa Seydoux) is the fiancée of longtime plant employee Toni (Denis Ménochet), one of the many underpaid men and women who daily brave illness and possible death from radiation poisoning. Soon Gary and Karole fall rapturously in love, and their moonlit trysts in the bucolic surrounding countryside pose a growing threat to the staff's tight-knit bonds. Zlotowski focuses both on the everyday routines of the workers and on the swooning passions of the love triangle at the film’s heart, with electronica pulsating on the soundtrack as her characters gamble ever more perilously in work and love. Olivier Gourmet is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 César Awards.

Friday, March 7, 9:00pm – WRT; 
Saturday, March 8, 4:45pm – IFC; 
Sunday, March 9, 4:30pm – BAM; 
Monday, March 10, 3:30pm - WRT

In Person: Rebecca Zlotowski

CAST:

    Léa Seydoux - Karole
    Tahar Rahim - Gary Manda
    Denis Ménochet - Toni
    Olivier Gourmet - Gilles
    Johan Libéreau - Tcherno
    Camille Lellouche - Géraldine
    Nahuel Pérez Biscayart - Isaac



GRAND CENTRAL - WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Central_%28film%29

GRAND CENTRAL - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2835548/

REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2294243

LEA SEYDOUX - WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9a_Seydoux

LEA SEYDOUX - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2244205

TAHAR RAHIM - WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahar_Rahim

TAHAR RAHIM IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2588665



LEA SEYDOUX AND REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI INTERVIEWED IN CANNES 
(IN ENGLISH)



INTERVIEW - LEA SEYDOUX 
(IN FRENCH)




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Comments:
Lea Seydoux the 2013 Palme D'Or winner for Blue is the warmest color also won Best Actress for Grand Central and Blue is the warmest color at the 2014 Prix Lumieres Awards.Prix Lumieres = French Golden Globes
 
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