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La Haine
9.0
/10
34,234 Ratings

LA HAINE

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
France, 1995
Drama, Crime, Cult

Synopsis

A regular housing estate with no specific problems wakes up one morning in a state of siege after learning that a 16-year-old resident, Abdel, is between life and death after being injured by a police inspector. Three of his friends wander around the city, waiting for news about his well-being.

Synopsis

A regular housing estate with no specific problems wakes up one morning in a state of siege after learning that a 16-year-old resident, Abdel, is between life and death after being injured by a police inspector. Three of his friends wander around the city, waiting for news about his well-being.

Our take

Mathieu Kassovitz was just 27 when he rose to prominence for directing this provocative urban odyssey. Casting a searing look at police brutality and marginal lives on the brutal outskirts of Paris, La haine marked a prescient, full-throttle entry in the now ubiquitous banlieue film.