A trio of Parisian, Jewish and African teenage drifters in a dead-end banlieu outside Paris, portray the everyday afflictions that the immigrant population deal with. Their awareness of their own marginalisation reaches a climactic boiling point.
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Kassovitz's direction superbly shows the harshness of the Paris housing projects with its stark grittiness. The film does not quite reach gravitas until the harrowing and inevitable finale, but still maintains an ugly realism throughout. La Haine reminds us that French society, and the human race, must regain its footing whenever falling during the darkness of prejudice and bleak social-economic divisions
I think people often forget about this film because the only thing they remember is the fancy and difficult camera work, and that happened to me to, until I rewatched it yesterday. It's a really complex film because of three main characteres, they function so well together and even tough there's no real conflict between these 3 friends and the riots you can feel the tension in each frame
A nearly flawless "troubled youths" drama garnished with stylish, true-to-life characters. Most of the time it is an incendiary portrait of the violence in France (which is all too appropriate these days), but occasionally it loses sight of reality. The unlikeable thugs clashing with police officers doesn't leave me hating police, it leaves me sympathizing with their hostility. Overall, an incredible debut.
This is the movie that got me hoked on french cinema back in the days, and it still packs a hefty punch despite being 17 years old. Everything about this movie if great and still topical. The only downside to this is that the director Kassovitz has not produced anything watchable since then (Crimson Rivers excluded). If you haven´t seen this one, shame on you!
"Bir, iki, üç, var oluş içinde baş aşağı gidebilirim; ancak bir sonrası benim ilerimde, ben mucizeyi gerçekleştiremem, yalnızca mucizeyi hayrette kalabilirim.” → http://filmonerisi.blogspot.com/2012/08/la-haine.html