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The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018)



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La Ciotat, the South of France. Antoine attends a summer writing workshop in which a few young people have been selected to write a crime thriller with the help of Olivia, a famous novelist. The creative process will recall the town's industrial past, a form of nostalgia to which Antoine feels indifferent. More concerned with the fears of the modern world, the young man soon clashes with the group and Olivia, who seems at the same time alarmed and captivated by Antoine's violence.


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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Cantet remains a gifted filmmaker ... but this isn't the return to form that his fans have awaited over the past decade.

March 20, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The film makes clear that there are no easy answers, no simple Rosebud that can succinctly explain any one person's character.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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Laurent Cantet makes an enthralling return to form with this topical fusion of political debate session and socially conscious thriller.

May 23, 2017 | Full Review…
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Matthieu Lucci deftly carries the weight of all the symptoms that The Workshop loads upon Antoine, a resonant character whose inscrutability is at once dangerous, sympathetic, and eerily apt.

March 17, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The boldness of The Workshop inheres, paradoxically, in its reluctance to sensationalize at stylistic or narrative levels, at least up to a point.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

... an intelligent and skillful narrative exercise... [Full review in Spanish]

October 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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