From Laurent Cantet, writer-director of Palme d’Or-winner The Class, and writer Robin Campillo (120 Beats Per Minute) comes The Workshop, a riveting contemporary drama that blends social commentary with a complex study of the modern world. Set in La Ciotat, France, the film centres around Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), a teenager who attends a summer writing class. Alongside a group of other students, Antoine is tasked with writing a crime thriller with the help of celebrated novelist Olivia Dejazet (Marina Foïs, Polisse), on the basis that the final piece is connected with the town’s industrial past. While the class set about their projects, Olivia is captivated by Antoine’s anxious and aggressive behaviour. This is reflected in his prose, which becomes more violent and disturbing in its depiction of political radicalism - a provocative streak Olivia is at once troubled and fascinated by.


Laurent Cantet


Original title: L’Atelier


In Cinemas & On Demand 16 November

GENRE: Drama

DIRECTOR: Laurent Cantet

DURATION: 114 Mins






  • “A film which demonstrates that debate, the exchange of ideas, can be as thrilling as any ramped up action flick”

    Wendy Ide, The Guardian

  • “Excitingly topical... An enthralling return to form for writer-director Laurent Cantet”

    Guy Lodge, Variety

  • “A stunningly authentic portrait of French youth today; their class, racial and occupational concerns”

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

  • “Sharp performances”

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

  • “Profoundly vital”

    Jordan Ruimy, The Film Stage

  • “An acute, complex character study of an angry young man... A sophisticated joy”

    Joseph Owen, The Upcoming

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