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The Workshop


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  • The boldness of The Workshop inheres, paradoxically, in its reluctance to sensationalize at stylistic or narrative levels, at least up to a point. . . . That said, the movie strands itself between its desire to provoke and its refusal of hyperbole, withholding coherent perspectives on the urgent subjects it broaches. A welcome demonstration of nerve becomes a failure of one, its psychosexual politics vaguer and smaller than its earlier, edgier scrum over civic values and intramural violence.

  • A picture that seems modest on the surface but builds to a tense simmer, addressing, in an understated but affecting way, the insidious political tensions currently tearing at France... Cantet's picture is a stirring humanist work, one that offers no easy answers.

  • Both “The Workshop” and “Beats Per Minute” are heartfelt, deeply political talkathons from France.

  • Tackling once again the burning topics of the day - in this case France at political and demographic crossroads - with subtle intelligence and a profoundly humanistic touch, Laurent Cantet (The Class) delivers a film that may be difficult to classify in generic terms, but should connect strongly with the arthouse and festival crowds that have admired his previous work.

  • As The Workshop progresses, it moves from a first act reminiscent of The Class in a more picturesque location, to something closer to Time Out and Cantet’s breakthrough Human Resources, turning into a thriller where the characters are motivated by conditions of class as much as they are by something unexplainable they carry deep down inside.

  • What L’Atelier does best is the same as which made The Class sing: it’s a film which demonstrates that debate, the exchange of ideas, can be as thrilling as any ramped up action flick... A final act steps away from the bracing workshop environment and into more conventional genre territory; and the picture loses some of its crackling energy at that point.

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