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La Haine (1995)

Drama | 98 minutes
3,86 2.367 votes

Genre: Drama / Crime

Duration: 98 minuten

Alternative title: Hate

Country: France

Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz

Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui

IMDb score: 8,1 (198.242)

Releasedate: 31 May 1995

La Haine plot

"How far you fall doesn't matter, it's how you land…"

An Arab boy from a Parisian suburb is treated so hard during an interrogation that he ends up in hospital with life-threatening injuries. As a result, riots broke out in which the police clashed with groups of young people. In the turmoil, a police officer loses his gun, which ends up in Vinz's hands. He and his two friends want to visit the injured boy, but the police send them away. Vinz vows to kill the police officer if the boy dies.

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avatar van Movsin


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A penetrating and raw look at rebellious young people in the outskirts of the metropolis.

Harsh language, threat and excitement are not out of the blue.

Strong cinematic language. The most impressive in the genre I've seen and quite a few movies have been made about troubled youth.

Superb rendition of Vincent Cassel who perfectly succeeds in instilling passionate hatred in his gaze and face.

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mjk87 (moderator films)

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Slightly disappointing. The film mainly focuses on 3 friends who act mainly worked up and generate little sympathy, with which their environment in which they live never really gets sympathy. Moreover, I had expected something about those riots, but both those riots (mentioned somewhere in the beginning, but hardly any more after that) and their environment are mainly related.

Well, that partly depends on expectations. But partly in the implementation anyway. As I said, I found those 3 fascinating, but I couldn't sympathize. And if the film mainly focuses on them, the film as a whole also manages to touch me less. And although I normally really like black and white, color would probably have been more appropriate here to better portray the sultry atmosphere. That does not alter the fact that the film does look away well, has some strong individual moments and also gives an idea of their world. Just too little for a really good score. 3.0*.

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avatar van Filmkriebel


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The vicious circle of violence that leads to violence with more violence as a result. La Haine follows three friends from different cultural backgrounds, who are united in their fight against police brutality. With the US in mind, this film still feels topical. However, I think that this film refuses to address the underlying social problems and therefore it remains fairly superficial for me with too much adolescent bullshit within the trio. Oh well, it is always the fault of the police of course that there are always problems in the banlieus. The loiterers who never do anything wrong. Les Misérables (2019) I found l much stronger and doesn't show it all as simplistic black and white as is the case here. A fine Cassel plays a convincing rascal and Kassovitz masterfully portrays the "génération '90". But it didn't grab me.

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