La Haine (1995)
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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.|
"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 NoteAn 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.
Cast & Crew
|Alain Rocca, et. al. - Producer|
|Assassin - Original Music By|
|Giuseppe Ponturo - Production Designer|
|Mathieu Kassovitz - Director|
|Mathieu Kassovitz - Writer|
|Mathieu Kassovitz - Editor|
|Pierre Aim - Cinematographer|
|Scott Stevenson - Editor|
Plot SummaryShot 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.
|Cannes Film Festival, Mathieu Kassovitz, Best Director|
|Cannes Film Festival, Mathieu Kassovitz, Golden Palm Award|