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Grand Central

2013

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  • The degree of technical detail makes the film feel almost like a documentary at times, but Zlotowski’s intentional avoidance of psychology ends up oversimplifying her salt-of-the-earth subjects. While a detailed exposition of how Karole ended up in this dead-end job is refreshingly absent, the fact that she always appears wearing the same tank top and daisy dukes makes her seem more like some trashy Barbie doll than a real person.

  • At times resembling a more testosterone-heavy “Silkwood,” this accomplished sophomore feature for writer-director Rebecca Zlotowski lacks some of the bracing originality of her 2010 debut, “Belle epine,” but the pic’s lean, confident direction and standout perfs confirm her as one of France’s brightest, most serious-minded young helmers.

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