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97 Ratings

The Workshop


Directed by Laurent Cantet
France, 2017


La Ciotat during the summer. Antoine (Matthieu Lucci) has agreed to take part in a writing workshop, where several young people are being integrated into the world of work by penning a noir fiction with the help of Olivia (Marina Foïs), a widely respected novelist.

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The Workshop Directed by Laurent Cantet
The film keeps you guessing, not only as to where the story’s going but what kind of film it will turn out to be. And while that’s ingenious and intriguing, there are flaws that I found either unnecessary or puzzling. For one, the other kids in the class might have been more fully and interestingly drawn.
March 23, 2018
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The workshop serves as scaffolding for the increasingly voyeuristic push and pull between Olivia and the racist, volatile (yet brilliant) Antoine. The former is a revelatory caricature of a clueless liberal intellectual, drawn to her student by the possibility of demystifying the inner lives of the troubled subjects she so glibly writes about. Antoine, however, is an amalgamation of clichés about disaffected youth.
March 22, 2018
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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
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