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The Workshop (2017)

L'atelier (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 11 October 2017 (France)
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The scene is set one Summer in La Ciotat, a town near Marseille which used to be prosperous thanks to its huge dockyard but has been in decline since its closing 25 years before. It is in ... See full summary »

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Laurent Cantet
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Foïs ... Olivia Dejazet
Matthieu Lucci ... Antoine
Florian Beaujean ... Etienne
Mamadou Doumbia Mamadou Doumbia ... Bouba
Mélissa Guilbert Mélissa Guilbert ... Lola
Warda Rammach Warda Rammach ... Malika
Julien Souve Julien Souve ... Benjamin
Issam Talbi ... Fadi
Olivier Thouret Olivier Thouret ... Teddy Chauvin - le cousin
Charlie Barde Charlie Barde ... Jessica (as Charlie Bardé)
Marie Tarabella Marie Tarabella ... Mathilde
Youcef Agal Youcef Agal ... Romain
Marianne Esposito Marianne Esposito ... Claudia
Thibaut Hernandez Thibaut Hernandez ... Alex
Axel Caillet Axel Caillet ... Yohan
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The scene is set one Summer in La Ciotat, a town near Marseille which used to be prosperous thanks to its huge dockyard but has been in decline since its closing 25 years before. It is in this context of quiet desperation that a writing workshop has been set up to help a group of seven young people integrate into the world of work. Under the guidance of well-known novelist Olivia Dejazet, the participants are asked to write a noir fiction connected with the industrial past of their hometown. Session after session, one of them, a boy named Antoine, stands out. Provocative and aggressive, he gets noticed by his systematic opposition to all, including Olivia. Even more alarming, the story he has devised and that he reads aloud, the cold description of a mass murder seen through the eyes of its perpetrator, proves very disturbing. Antoine understands the killer too well. At this point, Olivia starts experiencing a feeling of attraction repulsion to Antoine. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 2017 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,860, 25 March 2018

Gross USA:

$22,061

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,000,056
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Had Potential
9 March 2019 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

The storyline concerns a successful novelist who is hired to come to a French town experiencing a post shipbuilding industrial decline to give a workshop to a half dozen young adults (late teens/early 20s) on developing writing/creative thinking skills. Not clear if it's to help develop the youth's futures, or to become writers, or learn cooperative skills, or become well adjusted. The author encourages them to "Do research to make your fiction more real." Good potential for some insight on writing, but what we get for the movie is a lot of immature antagonistic aggressive back and forth from the group which leads me to believe the movie is more about exposing the differences amongst them (racial, gender, religious, political). Some cooperative understanding did surface, but a lot was left unclear which probably mirrors life.


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