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La Haine (1995) (S)

La Haine (1995) (S)

  • Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui, Francois Levantal, Edouard Montoute, Karim Belkhadra
  • France | 96mins | 1995 | rated (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2hr 2m


Hard-hitting and breathtakingly effective, La Haine takes an uncompromising look at long-festering social and economic divisions affecting 1990s Paris.
Based on real events, La Haine focuses on three friends over the course of one day in the housing projects of suburban Paris in the aftermath of a riot. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), who is Jewish, Hubert (Hubert Kounde), who is Black, and Said (Said Taghmaoui), who is Arabic, are young men from the lower rungs of the French economic ladder; they have no jobs, few prospects, and no productive way to spend their time. They hang out and wander the streets as a way of filling their days and are sometimes caught up in frequent skirmishes between the police and other disaffected youth. With tension in the air and the police on constant surveillance, it’s not long before prejudice and hostility turns into violence, with tragic consequences.

Mathieu Kassovitz’s bold and inventive film, beautifully shot by Pierre Aïm, may be 25 years old, but in terms of its themes of social and economic divide and urban discontent, it feels just as fresh and relevant now.