L' Atelier

The Workshop
Laurent Cantet
FRA 2017
114 min

Antoine is one of several teenagers who have been selected to take part in a writer’s workshop with a successful novelist, Olivia. The idea is that, together, they will write a novel, that draws on their lives, hometown and history for inspiration. Antoine soon starts to clash with the other students. With an affinity for far right politics and fascination with violence for the sake of violence, Antoine is far too prickly a character for the audience to easily embrace. Instead, we view him through the eyes of Olivia; and our reaction to him mirrors hers: a blend of uncomfortable fascination with a little fear thrown into the mix.
Laurent Cantet’s L’ATELIER shares a highly effective central device with his 2009 Palme d’Or winner ENTRE LES MURS: the social and economic issues of a place – in L’ATELIER’s case the once-thriving port town of La Ciotat, near Marseille in the south of France – are explored through the medium of education. (Wendy Ide)

  • Marina Foïs - Olivia
  • Warda Rammach - Malika
  • Matthieu Lucci - Antoine
  • Mamadou Doumbia - Bouba
  • Laurent Cantet
  • Robin Campillo
  • Pierre Milon
  • Mélissa Petitjean
  • Olivier Mauvezin
  • Agnès Ravez
  • Antoine Baudouin
  • Mathilde Muyard
  • Bedis Tir
  • Serge Borgel
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