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Grand Central movie rating: yellow light

Grand Central yellow light

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.
I’m “biast” (pro): love Tahar Rahim

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

viewed during the 57th BFI London Film Festival

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Grand Central (2014)
UK/Ire release: Jul 18 2014

Flick Filosopher Real Rating: rated FHS (contains French Homer Simpsons)
BBFC: rated 15 (strong language, sexualised nudity)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

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  • RogerBW

    This is a thing that lots of storytellers seem to do. “Here is a situation that is technical and complex. How can we make an understandable story about it? Slather on love affairs and betrayals and all that other soap-operatic guff, and throw out any actual authenticity if it gets in the way because that’s hard and our technical consultant doesn’t like us any more.”

  • I’m not sure if that applies to this film. The two stories — the technical and the romance — are pretty much separate.

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