Workshop, The (L’Atelier): Laurent Cantet’s Tale of Female Teacher and Young Student

The bright French filmmaker Laurent Cantet directed The Workshop (L’Atelier), which screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2017 Cannes Film Fest.

Olivia (Marina Fois), a well-known Parisian novelist, runs a writing workshop with a group of young people in La Ciotat, in the South of France.  She is particularly intrigued by Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), a taciturn, not very sociable youngster.

When Antoine makes writing proposals that others consider to be strange and shocking, he becomes the “black sheep” of the group.

As a result, Olivia and Antoine seek escape from their daily lives by immersing themselves in an extreme right-wing ideology, and develop a relationship that is marked by conflicting forces of attraction and repulsion.