The Workshop is an intimate and timely drama from the French director Laurent Cantet about a group of young adults enrolled in a summer writing class in the South of France. The aspiring novelists have been selected to write a crime thriller with the help of Olivia, a famous novelist. The creative process will recall the town’s industrial past. One of the students, Antoine, seems more concerned with the geopolitical realities of the modern world; he clashes with the other students and with Olivia, who seems at the same time alarmed and captivated by Antoine’s hostility.
Some of you saw Laurent Cantet’s The Class when we showed it several years ago.
France / subtitles / 110 min
The Cannes Film Festival winner (for The Class) returns with a drama that throws together disparate aspiring writers, in a film that suggests debate can be as exciting as action. –The Guardian
Critic’s Pick! It’s a measure of this film’s STEALTHY BRILLIANCE that it blurs the line between empathy and exploitation. –The New York Times
Sun, June 17
RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2:45 @ IU Fine Arts Theater
Ismael’s Ghosts 5:15 at Bear’s Place
The Workshop 7:45 @ Bear’s Place – screening cancelled – sorry but the ceiling of the screening room at Bear’s Place has collapsed – fortunately no one was injured — we are optimistic that the room will be open next Sunday