Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Workshop

L'atelier

2017, Laurent Cantet, France, 113 min. With Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci.

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Show Times

  • Fri, May 25th 3:45pm
  • Fri, May 25th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 26th 8:00pm
  • Sun, May 27th 4:45pm
  • Mon, May 28th 3:00pm
  • Tue, May 29th 7:45pm
  • Wed, May 30th 6:00pm
  • Thu, May 31st 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

"Intimate and timely…It's a measure of this film's stealthy brilliance that it blurs the line between empathy and exploitation." - Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

"Cantet makes an enthralling return to form with this topical fusion of political debate and socially conscious thriller." - Guy Lodge, Variety

The tables are turned and a thriller unexpectedly takes shape when a crime novelist beset by writer's block arrives in a backwater working-class town on the French Riviera to conduct a summer workshop. Facing a mismatched group of teens in a government-funded program, trendily liberal Olivia (Foïs) devises a writing exercise around the subject of murder, while the group smarts daily from the racist and misogynist provocations of its cocky white supremacist-styled member Antoine (Lucci). Director Cantet (THE CLASS) and screenwriter Robin Campillo (BEATS PER MINUTE) deftly sketch the larger picture, as the tensions that arise from unemployment, the influx of immigrants, and the town's dying economy make for a dangerous mix when Olivia's resolve to offer Antoine a path to redemption becomes an erotically-tinged obsession. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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