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Haine, La (1995)

Three Young Friends... One Last Chance.

Original Title : Haine, La
Director : Mathieu Kassovitz
Writer : Mathieu Kassovitz
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Adeline Lecallier , Alain Rocca , Christophe Rossignon , Gilles Sacuto
Music : Assassin
Photography : Pierre Aïm
Distributor : MKL Distribution
IMDB ID : 0113247
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poster for "Haine, La" by Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
Haine, La (1995) - Mathieu Kassovitz
 

Starring

Vincent Cassel Vinz
Hubert Koundé Hubert
Saïd Taghmaoui Saïd
Abdel Ahmed Ghili Abdel
Solo Santo
Joseph Momo Ordinary Guy
Héloïse Rauth Sarah
Rywka Wajsbrot Vinz's Grandmother
Olga Abrego Vinz's Aunt
Laurent Labasse Cook
Choukri Gabteni Sa�'s Brother
Nabil Ben Mhamed Boy Blague
Benoît Magimel Benoît
Medard Niang Médard
Arash Mansour Arash
Abdel-Moulah Boujdouni Young Businessman
Mathilde Vitry Journalist
Christian Moro CRS TV Journalist
JiBi Fat Youth
Edouard Montoute Darty
Félicité Wouassi Hubert's mother
Fatou Thioune Hubert's Sister
Thang-Long Grocer
Cut Killer DJ
Sabrina Houicha Sa�'s Sister
Sandor Weitmann Vinz Lookalike
François Levantal Astérix
Julie Mauduech Gallery Girl
Karin Viard Gallerly Girl
Peter Kassovitz Gallery Patron
Vincent Lindon 'Really' Drunk Man
Christophe Rossignon Taxi Driver
Mathieu Kassovitz Young Skinhead
Anthony Souter Skin
Florent Lavandeira Skin
Teddy Marques Skin
Samir Khelif Skin
Tadek Lokcinski Monsieur Toilettes
Virginia Montel SDF Metro
Andrée Damant Concierge
Marcel Marondo Bouncer
Karim Belkhadra Samir
Marc Duret Inspector 'Notre Dame'
Eric Pujol Assistant Policeman
Philippe Nahon Police Chief
Sébastien Tavel Hospital police officer
François Toumarkine Hospital police officer
Jose-Philippe Dalmat Hospital Police Officer
Zinedine Soualem Plainclothes Police Officer
Bernie Bonvoisin Plainclothes Police Officer
Cyril Ancelin Plainclothes Police Officer
Patrick Médioni CRS Cave
 

Plot

Injured by a police inspector during an interrogation, Abdel is at a hospital, almost dead. In the suburbs where he lives, some riots happened during the night, and one policeman lost his gun. One of Abdel's friends, Vinz, finds it. Vinz and his two pals, Said and Hubert, have nothing to do so they try to kill time. Vinz swears that if Abdel dies, he will shoot a policeman...
 

Comments

Hate Begets Hate, 26 August 2002 Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C. Reminiscent of Costas-Gavras' film Z with its rapid-fire dialogue and staccato rhythms, La Haine (Hate) directed by 28 year-old Mathieu Kassovitz, is a passionate look at racial tensions at a Paris housing project. Although drug dealing, urban decay, and police brutality have been shown in films before, rarely have they had the sense of vitality and urgency shown in La Haine. Three friends from different ethnic backgrounds live in the Bluebell housing projects on the outskirts of Paris. This is not the Paris of travel brochures or films like Amelie, but a desolate urban landscape, harsh and grim with housing projects that look as if they could be in any big city in the world. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), is a working class Jew, Hubert (Hubert Kounde), the most intelligent and self-reflective of the three, is an African boxer, and Said (Said Taghmaoui), an Arab from North Africa is younger but just as embittered. The film depicts their rage against the police whom they see as oppressors. Marginalized economically and politically, without jobs, parents who care, or hope for the future, the streets are their home and they are open targets for police who are shown as brutal and racist. In one startling scene, a veteran cop taunts and physically abuses Said and Hubert while training a rookie cop. The rookie can only look on and shake his head in disbelief. Shot in black and white, La Haine shows a single day in the lives of the three friends. Following a major riot in which a local teenager, Abdel, is critically wounded by the police, Vinz, the most volatile of the group, vows that if Abdel dies he will kill a cop to get even. Hubert wants to restrain him, and Said doesn't seem to care either way, as long as he can get his money from a drug dealer named Snoopy. When Vinz finds a Smith & Wesson 44 lost by the police during the riots, the spiral of violence escalates and builds toward a memorable conclusion. La Haine does not offer any solutions to social problems but clearly shows the anger and frustration of people who feel trapped by their circumstances. In its depiction of a society in free-fall, it also has immediacy. Three weeks after the film was released, riots broke out in the Brixton section of London, following the death of a young black man in police custody. Though it is a wake-up call for action on society's growing gap between rich and poor, La Haine makes a powerful statement that violence does not solve anything and that hate begets hate. Someone should pass the word to a few of the world leaders.
 
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