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La Haine 1995

  • Mathieu Kassovitz
  • September 1, 1995
  • 98 mins
  • French
  • Drama
Three Young Friends... One Last Chance.
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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Essentially a series of vignettes depicting the aftermath of a riot in a poor housing project in France, this follows three youth over the course of 24 hours. Surprisingly, considering the central characters’ cultural backgrounds, the film doesn’t really explore any racial tensions within the community, preferring to focus on the marginalisation of the people who live in these districts and the tension and distrust that exists between them and the police force. Given the film takes place after a riot, the filmmakers create a tense atmosphere throughout, with a number of confrontations suggesting that violence could break out any minute. This is underscored by three strong central performances, especially a young Vincent Cassel and there is a volatility and barely restrained anger that shines through his performance that helps to build the tension. The film is beautifully shot in black and white that helps to sell the realism it is striving to achieve and given the film was made nearly 20 years ago, it remains as relevant today as it was then, perhaps even more so.

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Out of nowhere this film come along,blew me away.and left me begging for,One of the best films you will ever seen.

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