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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.
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 3 months ago by Holly Polak
Very slick and thought-provoking; the issues presented are relevant to youth everywhere, even todayPublished 3 months ago by Parth Thakker
I enjoyed the movie and felt it captured the flavor of Paris pretty well. But the scenes could have been more true-to-life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by artgolfer
Great example of how racism is a global phenomenon. Great for students.Published 5 months ago by david m. jordon
best french movie from the 90's, really an enjoyable and thought-provoking film. Kassovitz's best work.Published 7 months ago by Garrett
A day in the life of x,y, & z. Sadly this is a tale that is as old as time and is a shared experience of many people of today and many future generations to come. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TempleoftheDogg
I was required to watch this film for two classes at UC Berkeley. I have since loved it, mostly for the symbolism, humor and thought provocation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sienna S.