Grand Central

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Rebecca Zlotowski
Production: Ad Vitam
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

F***! Bastard!

- You didn't take anything?

- Get lost!

You didn't have anything

in your wallet. Are you a bum?

- F*** off, please!

It's the first time someone

tells me f*** off so nicely!

It's not because we insult each other,

we must not remain polite.

Have your I.D. ready!

It's fine, it's quick!

- Good morning, give me your name.

- M.A.N.D.A Gary.

- Date of birth?

- March 6th, 1984.

- What is your background?

- Boilerwork.

- CAP, BEP, BTS? - CAP (vocational

training qualification) - Do you get it?

- I just did the first year.

- Fine.

- Foreign languages?

- None.

Do you speak a bit of English?

- No.

- Fine.

- I only did the first quarter.

- Don't worry, it's fine.

What is your kind of business?

We are in charge of the temporary work

for the nuclear sites.

We call this a unit outage,

it's temporary.

You will do a radioprotection training

in a controlled area.

That's the kind of job we offer

for a first intervention.

- It's better paid and there is a bonus.

- How much is it paid?

- 1200 to start.

- F***!

- Don't you have anything which is better paid?

- With your background, we don't.

I worked on building sites,

in restaurants, in markets

You sign here and you initial.

You write your initials on every page.

- When do we start? - Do you have any

criminal record, do you suffer from vertigo?

- I don't.

- You start just after the training.

We leave:
your buddy won't come.

We've been waiting for him for hours.

Do you hear me? Do we leavenow?

You don't know Isaac.

Why wouldn't he come?

He keeps his promises.

People don't dupe me!

- So, is he here or not?

- Calm down!

Come on!

- You are late, a**hole!

- Traffic is heavy!

- Stop trying to justify yourself!

- People are coming back from holidays.

- Stop it, you don't even have a phone!

- I came as soon as possible.

It's fine, there were traffic jams

He's wrong and he knows it.

- Sorry!

- Fine. It drives me nuts when you do this.

If we had gone to Marbella,

we would be on time.

I offer him a job paid 1000 a week

and he prefers picking tomatoes!

Cherry tomatoes

- My turn?

- Come on, play!

May I get another one?

Another beer!

Come on, play!

Does anybody want to try

this shitty machine!

I pay for the game and drinks.

Anybody interested?

- Nobody?

- I do it.

Bastard? Who are you?

F***, it's full!

We are friends of the nuclear plant workers,

they kept a pitch for us.

I swear we know them, go and get them

It's full

Give up!

- F*** off!

- Get lost!

- How are you?

- And you?

A little bit of bacon?

What do you drink?

You won't start tomorrow.

You will once your training is completed.

Being motivated is enough to succeed.

- I am motivated!

- You have to be strong!

Some little shits panicked in the red zone.

If you do it, do it properly.

In your gear, you lose 2 kg of water.

You can't see or breath properly.

Your heart is racing.

They are toxic products.

You will disgust him.

We bring light to people's home.

- It's a fight.

- Against what?

Against the dose": colourless, odourless,

the dose is all around you.

You won't beat it, there's no winner.

You can't never get rid of it.

You fight but nobody will ever thank you.

- This object, what is it?

- Something on which you put beers.

It's not something, it is a beer mat.

It's circular, made of cardboard.

You're making fun of me!

We're not. You must name things properly

otherwise you can endanger others.

A screw is not a nut.

You must be able to describe things.

If you don't have the proper words, we lose time.

And time means more irradiation.

- Where do you come from? - From Lyon.

I mean Tassin, it's nearby. - I know.

- I know you know it.

- Really?

- I saw you there.

- When?

I remember, you fostered chaos

and confusion in the Sanoca factory.

I worked there as a truck driver.

I think people didn't forget you there

- You have a f***ing memory, it's useful.

- I remember faces.

People often forget mine,

I remember all of them.

There are bunk beds in the other room.


Shhh, he's sleeping, shut up.

- Hurry up!

- Yeah!

You won't stay there two hours.

Do you want me to give you a shower?

Give me the soap Miss Camping!

Gentlemen, give a sheet to anyone.

You'll make a simple exercise

after the showing.

19 power plants in France, 58 reactors.

In the Rhne valley:

Bugey, St Alban, Cruas, Tricastin...

- You take notes for your mum?

- Learn how to write, after you'll be able to comment.

Here's the electronic dosimeter:

you wear it on the chest for any intervention.

You can see in real time

the level of radiations.

In case of high radiations, it flashes

and an audible alarm goes off.

This is a dosimeter

to record radioactivity.

In case of high radiations, it beeps.

- You are waiting for Gilles?

- Yep.

- He won't be home before tonight.

- Tonight?

- You took your examination?

- Results are tomorrow.

- What do you want to ask him?

- Some cash but I'll manage.

- How much do you want?

- Not much.

Come on!

Come in!

- I will pay you back.

- No kidding?

Mami, it's Gary.

Open the door, I know you're here.

Come on, open it, I have good news,

you'll be happy.

- Get lost!

- Call her!

- Don't you understand?

- Call my sister, a**hole!

We told you we didn't want

to see you anymore.

It's always chaos in here,

This is my home

- Is Mamy here?

- Of course she is.

Come in!

- How are you?

- Fine. Your shoes!

You've got a nerve, you come again

to ask for something.

- What shall I tell them?

- You just answer to their questions.

- Why do they do this?

- It's the normal procedure.

- You did something stupid!

- Sh*t, I did not.

- Shhh, shut up!

- It's a background check.

- I do not understand.

It's made by the intelligence agents.

Whoever cannot work in a nuclear plant.

Nuclear industry is classified

as a top-secret defense.

It's important you answer them.

Nadia left this to you.

Did you tell her you had left?

- I didn't.

- Why do you do this?

You don't find anything else as a work?

- I take what exists.

- You didn't find something more stupid?

- Do you want to ruin your health?

- You watch too much TV.

- In the worst case, it's like

a severe sunburn. - Of course...

- We travel, we see the country.

- That's what they say?

- How is Nadia?

- Not well.

- Me too.

- Of course

You have never been in love,

you cannot understand.

- It's true!

- Are you joking?

Once you're radiated,

you have to pee and sh*t.

Your body must get rid of it,

it doesn't take long.

Toni, what happens when you're radiated?

Can you explain to the kid?

This is what happens, isn't it?

Get up!

You see, you had the whole experience!

Fear, anxiety

Your vision is blurred,

your head is spinning

Your legs are shaking,

This is exactly like being radiated.

And it was a small radiation!

Sit down!

He's right to marry her:

She's horny!

To love!

Gary Manda.

- That's OK!

- Strong as a tiger, I told you.

I fill out your form of medical fitness

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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