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Format: DVD
Sku: 204048725
UPC: 715515023023
UPC 14: 00715515023023
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A Film by Mathieu Kassovitz.
When he was just twenty-nine years old, Mathieu Kassovitz took the international film world by storm with La Haine (Hate), a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically in the low-income banlieue districts on Paris' outskirts. Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said - a Jew, an African, and an Arab - give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentments at their social marginalization slowly simmering until they reach a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, La Haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country's ongoing identity crisis.

"...powerful...  David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"All the performances are excellent, especially Cassel...  Jeff Vice, Deseret News
"A terrific jolt of a film.  San Francisco Chronicle
"Hard-hitting and extremely intelligent.  Variety
"One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made...  Wendy Ide, The London Times

Editor's Note
An ethnically diverse trio of angry young men living in a Paris housing project struggle with how to react after a friend of theirs is beaten by police during a riot. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/17/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 97 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1688
Video UPC UPC: 00715515023023
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Heloise Rauth
Video Cast Info Hubert Kounde
Video Cast Info Said Taghmaoui
Video Cast Info Vincent Cassel
Video Cast Info Alain Rocca, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Assassin - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Giuseppe Ponturo - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Mathieu Kassovitz - Director
Video Cast Info Mathieu Kassovitz - Writer
Video Cast Info Mathieu Kassovitz - Editor
Video Cast Info Pierre Aim - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Scott Stevenson - Editor
Plot Summary
Shot in cinema verité style, this film follows a day in the life of three aimless, violence-prone, ethnically-diverse young men who hail from the same decaying housing project in Paris. | Vinz, who is Jewish, is the angriest and the least intelligent of the three. North African Said is calmer, but is the most despairing about his future. Hubert is Black, and the most mature, channeling his rage through boxing. Although the trio seethes with fury over the arrest and senseless beating of an Arab friend, each manages to keep the other in check. But that changes after Vinz finds a loaded gun -- and the trio becomes entangled with the police, and later a group of skinheads.


Winner (1995)
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Mathieu Kassovitz, Best Director

Nominee (1995)
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Mathieu Kassovitz, Golden Palm Award

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Prepare to be jolted by the intensity....The performances are as white hot as the subject matter..." 02/22/1996 p.70

USA Today
"...Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz (Cafe au Lait) mines so much tension and pointed dialogue from a low budget and deceptively simple premise..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 02/09/1996 p.4D

"...Extremely intelligent....The in-your-face lensing and more formal compositions are used to maximum effect..." 05/29/1995

New York Times
"...[A] precise and troubling film....Smartly aware that many urban problems are also global..." 02/09/1996 p.C21

Los Angeles Times
"...Raw, vital and captivating....HATE is a visceral fable of a divided society heading blindly for a crash-landing..." 03/08/1996 p.F16

Chicago Sun-Times
"...As a filmmaker, Kassovitz has grown since his first film. His black-and-white cinematography camera is alert, filling the frame with meaning his characters are not aware of..." 04/19/1996 p.32

Sight and Sound
"For all the comic byplay, Kassovitz keeps the viewer braced for the simmering tension to boil over." 06/01/2006 p.88-89

ReelViews 9 of 10
If there's one thing that Mathieu Kassovitz's black-and-white feature proves, it's that hate knows no boundaries -- international, racial, or generational. With a perspective that's part Kids, part Boyz 'N the Hood, part Scorsese, and part all its own, Hate offers a raw, powerful look at urban class struggles in and around Paris. If not for the subtitled French dialogue, this story could just as easily have taken place in New York, Los Angeles, London, or dozens of other cities...The film uses a repeated, and somewhat chilling, metaphor comparing life in urban France to someone jumping off a skyscraper. All the way down, with each passing floor, the jumper thinks "So good, so far." Then he hits bottom. In the end, it's not how far you fall that matters, but how you land. Hate may portray young men who explode on impact, but the film itself has a solid touchdown. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Mathieu Kassovitz is a 29-year-old French director who in his first two films has probed the wound of alienation among France's young outsiders. His new film "Hate'' tells the story of three young men--an Arab, an African and a Jew--who spend an aimless day in a sterile Paris suburb, as social turmoil swirls around them and they eventually get into a confrontation with the police...The film's ending is more or less predictable and inevitable, but effective all the same. The film is not about its ending. It is not about the landing, but about the fall. "Hate'' is, I suppose, a Generation X film, whatever that means, but more mature and insightful than the American Gen X movies. In America, we cling to the notion that we have choice, and so if our Gen X heroes are alienated from society, it is their choice--it's their "lifestyle.'' In France, Kassovitz says, it is society that has made the choice. - Roger Ebert

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Product attributeActor:   Kassovitz,Mathieu
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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