In La Ciotat, the South of France, Antoine (Matthieu Lucci) attends a summer writing workshop in which a few young people have been selected to write a crime thriller with the help of famous novelist Olivia (Marina Foïs). The creative process recalls 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.


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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