Irish Film Institute -GRAND CENTRAL



95 minutes, France, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, July 24th.

An unskilled labourer desperate for cash, Gary Manda (Tahar Rahim, unforgettable in 2009’s A Prophet) signs up for perilous maintenance work at a nuclear power plant at the beginning of this slow-burning drama. While settling into the employees’ trailer park situated behind the smokestacks, Gary meets and quickly becomes infatuated with Karole (Blue is the Warmest Colour’s Léa Seydoux), a seductive co-worker who is engaged to Toni (Denis Ménochet), one of the close-knit community’s most valued members.

As Gary gets to grips with his hazardous new job, and its potentially drastic effects, he embarks on a relationship with Karole, but neither of them is careful enough to keep this concealed from the watchful eyes of those around them. Combining a threatening environment with illicit attraction to great effect, and benefitting from a brilliant pulsating score, director Rebecca Zlotowski evokes an unsettling and absorbing affair. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

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