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La Haine (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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I remember feeling intrigued as the movie began (Channel 4 - UK), but feeling dejected when I realised it was French with subtitles, and evidently in black & white. Now, as a 15 year old boy at the time (1997) it was going to take something special to keep me watching. I didn't stop talking about it for days.
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"Injured by a police inspector during an interrogation, Abdel is at a hospital, almost dead. In the suburbs where he lives, some riots happened during the night, and one policeman lost his gun. One of Abdel's friends, Vinz, finds it. Vinz and his two pals, Said and Hubert, have nothing to do so they try to kill time. Vinz swears that if Abdel dies, he will shoot a policeman..."
The movie follows the 3 youths over the course of a day and night, and as their growing need for revenge becomes apparent, so does their awareness of the anarchy that surrounds them. They are faced with the dilemma of whether to exact their revenge or stand above it.
The journey is powerful and gripping, culminating in an explosive ending that really hits home. I cannot recommend this movie enough.
Whatever your feelings and knowledge about the issues surrounding immigration, this movie shows you how from the immigrants' perspective, the tensions of their new society can clash with those of their original ethnic society into a powderkeg waiting to blow. The three main characters are young and in over their heads. Their feelings of helplessness combine with the fortuitous discovery of a policeman's lost gun to lead them where their not sure they really want to go. It's an intersting and powerful dilemma to watch.
anyway. im curious to see what criterion adds to this movie. this movie is a definitive "hip-hop" classic. and not many people know about it here. truly a gem.
Anyhow..as I stumbled onto this movie I had no idea what it was called and did not want to break away to the guide to miss any of it. I figured I'd check the rolling credits at the end or else being that it was cable it would likely come on again in a few days or so and continue doing so throughout the month, so no worries. Alas..I never did quite grab the correct name of the title and for some reason what stuck with me was: "its not how far you fall, its how you land".Read more ›
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A very well made movie, but not one I would have chosen to watch. It is dark and ominous, but also required for one of my college classes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Holly P
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