Parisian novelist Olivia Dejazet (Marina Foïs) runs a writing workshop with a group of teenagers in the south of France; as they try to invent a mystery, conflicts are laid bare. A drama that illustrates the difficulties and inability of leftwing intellectuals and far-right radicals to understand each other; obviously, there won’t be much of a desire to do so. Good cast and alluring environs in an interesting film that addresses a confused sense of hopelessness and offers no answers; there’s also a curious ambivalence in the novelist’s attitude to the troubled young man she finds intriguing.
2017-France. 114 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Laurent Cantet. Screenplay: Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo. Cast: Marina Foïs (Olivia Dejazet), Matthieu Lucci (Antoine), Florian Beaujean (Etienne), Doudou Masta, Mélissa Guilbert, Warda Rammach.
Trivia: Original title: L’atelier.