France, 2013, 94 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Austria
Topics: Environment, Romance, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Incendiary French star Léa Seydoux ("Blue is the Warmest Color") reunites with Belle Épine director Rebecca Zlotowski for this intense love triangle set in and around a nuclear power plant.
Gary (Tahar Rahim, "A Prophet" and "The Past") arrives at the plant looking to score danger money. He gets it, finding maintenance work close to the reactor itself. But the real danger comes in the form of his attraction to Karole (Seydoux), who also works at the facility, alongside her fiancé Toni (Denis Ménochet – Seydoux’s father in "Inglourious Basterds").
Shooting in an actual, billion-dollar Austrian plant that was completed shortly before that country voted to ban nuclear power, Zlotowski grounds her melodrama in the mundane operations of this clinical, antiseptic environment. She draws a stark contrast between this industrial space and the lush countryside that surrounds it, where the tight-knit workers can let their hair down and enjoy themselves – but she’s also alert to the wider complexities and ironies implicit in this set up, and especially the ramifications of Gary and Karole’s illicit love affair.
"So intense it’s practically radioactive… Engrossing, superbly acted."
- Scott Foundas, Variety
DIRECTOR: Rebecca Zlotowski
Producer: Frédéric Jouve, Gabriela Kranzelbinder
Editor: Julien Lacheray
Screenwriter: Rebecca Zlotowski, Gaëlle Macé
Cinematographer: George Lechaptois
Principal Cast: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Denis Ménochet, Olivier Gourmet, Johan Libéreau
Filmography: Belle Epine (2010)
Print Source: Elle Driver