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La Haine (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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Mathieu Kassovitz (The Crimson Rivers) took the film world by storm with La haine (Hate), a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieues on Paris's outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Irreversible's Vincent Cassel), Hubert (The Constant Gardener's Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Three Kings Saïd Taghmaoui) white, black, and Arab give human faces to France's immigrant and otherwise marginalized populations, their resentment at their situation simmering until it reaches a 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.

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mathieu Kassovitz, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • English-language audio commentary by Kassovitz
  • Introduction by actor Jodie Foster
  • Ten Years of “La haine,” an eighty-minute documentary that brings together cast and crew a decade after the film’s landmark release
  • Featurette on the film’s banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum
  • Production footage
  • Deleted and extended scenes, each featuring an afterword by Kassovitz
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 2006 appreciation by acclaimed filmmaker Costa-Gavras

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui
    • Directors: Mathieu Kassovitz
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: French
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
    • Run Time: 97 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B007A4Y1RC
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Format: DVD
    This movie not only introduced me to the wonderful wealth of French film, but awoke a desire to find movies that were not your typical Hollywood fodder.

    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.

    Here's the imdb plot summary:

    "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.
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    I loved this movie the first time I saw it and have seen it at least a dozen times since. It is a powerful story told as seen through the eyes and lives of three friends who are living in Paris during the riots. The direction of this movie is delicious and so is the character development. A beautiful job is done in introducing each of the three main characters and in giving a bit of insight in to each of their personal lives. One is a tough guy with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, another a good guy who has no choice but to sell hash to support his family, and the third a kid who doesn't seem to care about much other than getting laid and trying to impress his friends. What really caught me about this movie was how realistic I found it. It was funny and hard and real and disturbing and fabulous. I highly recommemend this film to anyone who enjoys quality and substance. It has an AWESOME soundtrack too!!!
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    Format: DVD
    This is one of those movies that sticks in your head. I rented it on VHS years ago when it first came out. I heard about it through its attachment to Jodi Foster's production company Egg Pictures. They help it to get released in the States. From the opening voiceover hurtling towards the ground, to the brutal ending, it will move you. The performances are terrific, and the screenplay does a fabulous job of ratcheting up the tension as the movie progresses.

    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.

    Highly recommended!
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    Format: DVD
    I spent $40 a few years ago to buy the Zone 2 version, which I didn't know was unplayable in my DVD player. I will gladly, but somewhat grudgingly, spend another $30 to get a copy of this movie that I can watch without limitations. Truly an eye-opening movie; France's "Boyz in tha Hood," only better in pretty much every way.
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    Format: DVD
    i have waited forever to buy this movie states-side. the only copy i've ever owned was on vhs and i lost it a long time ago. its been so long since the movie first came out; i remember that it was available as a zone 2 dvd in a european magazine or newspaper (it is common in some countries for them to distribute dvds this way).

    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.
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    Gosh..I initially stumbled onto this movie partway into the early portion of it on cable tv some years ago toward the later 1990's as I recall. I recall it was just one flick on a channel as I was surfing but after only about two minutes I put the remote control down and was totally immersed. I was born in a big major city tho I have not lived in one for some years and I recall this slice of young male urban life where one seemed to be living in a place that left one with a distinct sense that there was little to no hope or greener pastures coming ones way, that partnered with an obvious connection to the community which we lived, some of the closest friends we've ever had. I loved this slice of life..the strife and struggles the disenfranchised eperience and the reminders of their marginalization by ill treatment by policing forces tho all lived a life that essentially walked a tight-rope of lawfulness is one that is not unfamiliar. This angle of French ghettoized life and the style by which it is displayed and portrayed is phenominal. I'm sure that there are many that saw this and felt like they got a clear sense of what youth life in the Paris Ghettos (in the suburbs as opposed to the 'inner city' as we might be familiar with). I was totally sucked into this movie.

    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".
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