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La Haine


Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili View All


Mathieu Kassovitz (Director), Mathieu Kassovitz (Screenplay) View All

Release: May 31st, 1995
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said - a Jew, African, and an Arab - give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point.
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The fellas consist of Vinz, who's a hotheaded Jew, Hubert who's a black boxer and easily the most self-reflective of his mates, and finally, Said who comes from an Arabic background and is the most inexperienced of the three, yet still very thuggish.Thoughts: "La Haine" is able to erase our registered beliefs of Paris, by showing us the darker side of the city of lights; the suburbs, it's where our three main characters reside, and live their lives a day at a time.It's quite difficult to describe the film's plot, and that's because it's almost plotless, we literally witness a typical day of these men's lives, and I have to say that it is in no way shape or form a dull watch, minute by minute you become extremely invested in these characters, their interactions with each other and their surroundings provided a realistic feel to the atmosphere, and that also has a lot to do with the incredible acting, especially by Vincent Cassel.The movie being shot in black and white is perfect for it, I even think that it would of lost its touch had it been filmed any other way, it also made the viewing of the cinematography much more beautiful.Mathieu Kassovitz is the director, and he is an absolute virtuoso to me, he shows a lot of his skill by brilliant camera techniques that simply amazed me.
Paris is sterotyped as the love capital of the world , but when seen in a film like La Haine , you rarely see any love or passion.


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