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Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, La haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country’s ongoing identity crisis.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 17
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz mines so much tension and pointed dialogue from a low budget and deceptively simple premise that you wonder why so much of current Hollywood's own social realism ends up shooting $50 million blanks.
Fresh: Hate is, I suppose, a Generation X film, whatever that means, but more mature and insightful than the American Gen X movies.
Fresh: One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made
Very impressive B&W movie with a soul of chaos in it.
A meaningful movie with a powerful ending! A must-see film!
Amazing film, surprising ending. Def a must watch!