La Haine

La Haine

Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Responsible for causing a scandal on its domestic release, this bruising portrait of disaffected youth confirmed its writer/director Mathieu Kassovitz as the wunderkind of French cinema. Presenting the housing schemes on the outskirts of Paris as hotbeds of racial hatred and social unrest, the film follows three lads from different ethnic backgrounds and explores how they spend their endless spare time and their response to a case of police brutality. Vincent Cassel is outstanding as the Jewish skinhead, but it's Kassovitz's restless camerawork and a script as funny as it is hard-hitting that make this such an impressive and important work.

Summary

Three men from different racial backgrounds hang around their tough neighbourhood in the aftermath of a riot in which one of their friends was critically injured by the police. However, one of the trio has a secret - he has obtained a gun that a policeman lost during the fighting, and plans to put it to vengeful use if his friend dies. French drama, starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde and Said Taghmaoui.

Cast & Crew

Vinz Vincent Cassel
Hubert Hubert Koundé
Saïd Saïd Taghmaoui
Samir Karim Belkhadra
Darty Edouard Montoute
Astérix François Levantal
Santo Solo Dicko
Inspector "Notre Dame" Marc Duret
Sarah Héloïse Rauth
Vinz's grandmother Rywka Wajsbrot
Man in lavatory Tadek Lokcinski
Nordine Choukri Gabteni
Sam Nabil Ben Mhamed
Hubert's mother Félicité Wouassi
Hubert's sister Fatou Thioune
Skinhead Mathieu Kassovitz
Director Mathieu Kassovitz
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Sep 2020
Drama