La Haine (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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.
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At times the film is hard to watch because the plot frustrates the audience who cannot seem to maintain hope for any length of time before its dashed again. Yet the reality of racial discrimination in France cannot be denied - and Kassovitz confronts this reality head-on.
The choice to make the film black and white really helped it stand the test of time and it somehow makes the senses focus even more on the story being told.
You may laugh out loud, you may have questions, you may feel shock or anger, and you may even shed a few tears.
This film is not for everyone... But it is brilliantly told, shot, and represents soo much. I highly recommend to anyone that is interested.
There is no nudity & no sex, which actually works in the film's favor.
It's a movie about choices and the lack there of. "It's not how you fall, it's how you land."
Now I do have a few qualms:
-it follows the typical french film prototype: Act 1 & Act 2. Act one is full of action. Act two is where characters typically do a 180* and in some instances may become less believable then they were before. And there is always this one weird thing that happens in act 2 where you are left thinking WTH?!
-Vinz in no way shape or form looks like a teen, acts like a teen, caries himself like a teen etc. Hubert def not a teen either only Said came close. but i guess the actors cant help when they were born ;p
-the characters are up and down- a lot.
-the gun is tiny
-was it that hard to get a gun in France in that hood in 1995? to me it seems like most ppl would have been strapped. maybe that's just my U.S. thinking.
anyways watch it & love it. i watched it for the first time to bring in the new year and hopefully i can open my mind to some things, and be reminded of how important and precious the moments in life are.
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