La haine

La haine


DVD - 2007 | French
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Saïd is an Arab, Hubert is black, and Vinz is a Jew, all of them young, unemployed and living in a dreary, troubled Paris suburb, largely inhabited by poor immigrant families. Each of them needs to vent the anger they feel about the police brutality that landed another friend in the hospital. The film focuses on one day in the lives of these three hoodlum friends and the result is a brutal, harrowing study of the cyclical nature of violence.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2007]
ISBN: 9781934121320
Branch Call Number: FRE MOVIE HAI
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Hate


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Mar 29, 2021

I wish I'd NOT watched this flop.
What a waste of time! Totally disappointing!

Mar 05, 2021

Despite its moments of mordant humour, Kassovitz’s movie certainly shines a blinding arc lamp on the abyss that separates the haves from the have-nots, yet his edgy film is not a one-sided polemic—yes the police are snarling racists, but not ALL of them; yes the denizens of the ghetto prey on one another and then lay the blame on society, but not ALL of them. And yes, the three friends face discrimination and unfair treatment, but they are not above thumbing their noses at others in need (a female panhandler is given an angry brush-off) or helping themselves to property which doesn’t belong to them. Meanwhile ironically placed artwork heightens the social divide as billboards proclaim “We Are the Future” and “The World Belongs to You”, and a mural of right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, looks down upon the film’s searing climax. And is it a coincidence that everyone seems to be wearing sweatshirts that sport American slogans or that one character amusingly recites Travis Bickle’s monologue from "Taxi Driver"? “It’s about a guy who falls off a skyscraper…” a narrator solemnly intones over an opening scene featuring a molotov cocktail exploding above an image of planet Earth, “… on his way down past each floor he keeps telling himself, so far so good…so far so good….so far so good…” So too with society, Kassovitz warns, and the sidewalk is fast approaching.

Jul 23, 2019

Outstanding film dealing with France's oppressed refugee population but the story could just as easily be transferred here. Three excellent leads. A sombre subject directed with humor and love. The take away is "la haine engrendre la haine."

Jul 30, 2015

Seems relevant and France has their share of social problems. The movie itself wasn't that compelling and the characters were really idiotic.

Jan 14, 2014

Couldn’t get through this movie after watching for 45 minutes. The three main characters are annoying and their entire interaction is just small talk without taking the movie anywhere, with lots of yelling at each other. Give this one a pass.

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