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As is usual with Criterion releases, the extra features are excellent, including an in-depth but accessible documentary about the housing projects and riots that inspired the film, retrospective material on the making of the movie, behind-the-scenes horseplay, intriguing deleted scenes (with brief but revealing explanations about the deletion from director Mathieu Kassovitz), and a wonderfully articulate introduction by Jodie Foster, who championed the film upon its release and distributed it through her production company. The audio commentary by Kassovitz, who's fluent in English, is circumspect and thoughtful, with flashes of sardonic humor. Kassovitz's directing career has turned decidedly less political (his more recent movies include The Crimson Rivers and Gothika), but his perspective on La Haine and its inspirations remains sharp and lucid. --Bret Fetzer
The music is good too, like when the dj kid just starts up at one time.
The film is raw without being exploitative -- it manages to convey the perspective of its main characters without simply identifying with that perspective.
It shows, to Americans at least, that poverty is poverty, and racism is racims, no matter what part of the world its in.
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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Sienna S.
A fantastic film and quite compelling. Very relevant and informative as to contemporary issues in France, Europe and elsewhere in the western world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dnl
Did not like this movie what so ever and don't really want to go into details on a review.Published 2 months ago by Mark Suchnicki
A truly unique representation of the french banlieue. A universal outlook of what transpires not just in France, but in the US too.Published 2 months ago by A Vann
Had to watch it for a school assignment. Wasn't that good, however was not completely terrible. It was kind of a messy plot line, make sure you know it is just the lives 3 people... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mendy A. Williams