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La Haine [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili, Solo
  • Directors: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Writers: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Producers: Adeline Lecallier, Alain Rocca, Christophe Rossignon, Gilles Sacuto
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056Q9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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An award-winning account of one crucial day in the life of three ethnically diverse teenagers on a housing estate in Paris. It documents the fierce loathing that exists between the estate's residents and the police, that explodes when the police beat a youngster into a coma. The three young men vent their grief, frustration and anger in different ways with deadly consequences. The film won the 1995 Best Director at Cannes and the 1996 Best Film at the Cesar Awards.


La Haine is an angry, anti-authoritarian French film that concerns three young guys (a Jew, an Arab, a black) who decide to take on the police after a friend is brutally beaten. There isn't much going on in this black and white drama beyond its violence (which can be pretty hard to watch, such as an interrogation scene that incorporates torture) and gritty observations of wayward youths hanging out on the fringes of Paris. Certainly, there isn't much in the way of insight, and director Mathieu Kassovitz seems to have absorbed more of the excesses of America's independent film scene, especially Spike Lee at his most indulgent, than its blessings. But if it's edge and rawness you want, this has it--with subtitles. --Tom Keogh

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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110 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 14 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
Released in 1995, 'La Haine' (hate) was an immediate box-office success in France, and achieved critical acclaim winning the Best Director Award at Cannes for Mathieu Kassovitz, then in his late twenties. Kassovitz comes from a family of film makers, and had already established himself as both a promising actor and director.
The film captures the rigid emptiness of life in a sprawling concrete banlieu (housing scheme) on the outskirts of Paris, an environment peopled by those who lack the financial or social clout to live somewhere better. These are Eastern Bloc tenements, characterless boxes in which society's detritus can be stacked, abandoned, and - hopefully - forgotten about.
The film focuses on three lads - somewhat stereotypically a Jew, a North African, and a black African. Life in the banlieu is supposed to be a tale of sanitised boredom - surely the immigrant population should be grateful for admission to the cultural greatness of France and its capital? Only the black youth attempts to make something of it - he has struggled to build a gym and to literally fight his way out of poverty by boxing. The North African youth is an incorrigible thief and poseur. The Jewish lad, meanwhile, poses in front of the mirror, aping De Niro's taxi-driver and playing the hard man.
But the world of the banlieu has imploded in urban riot - a participant sport in which local youths can engage and enrage the CRS, the French riot police, in a game of street chess, complete with petrol bombs and baton rounds. It is, of course, an entertaining spectator sport for the film crews and media. For the rioters, their fifteen minutes of fame come courtesy of news broadcasts.
The Jewish boy finds a handgun, dropped by one of the riot police. Now he can finally imitate De Niro.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "olivierbonneau" on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
Hi, Yes, i'm French and saw La haine when it was out at the cinema. I loved it but everybody didn't thought the same (kind of the same feeling as for marmite for UK people). It's not easy to watch, there is a lot of French-city-talking that can't be properly translated and yes, as you've understood from other reviews, it's in B&W. If you feel responsible enough to buy it thengood for you. if, you manage to watch it until the end I'm sure you will not say the usual "well, it was OK but stalone would have been good in the middle"... No, it's really a very very good film. It will explain you exactly what's going on in french suburbs of Paris. Don't be afraid to go to France though as you will luckily not see that. it's iden from tourists.
On the film direction : nothing to say about the actors. they are just fantastic and no-one would have been better than them. M kassovitz is so good as a film director (as well as actor, see Amelie). He's got a real knowledge of the photography as well. The end is completely unexpected but better than what you saw in the sixth sense.... have a good film.
Oh! I forgot, o buy it, it's certainly worth having it in your collection of DVDs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2012
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A grit grey concrete stark cinematic punch into the steel ribs of the French cultured and refined habitus, as we see beyond the social facade in the centre of the cultured chamber pot; the ghettoisation and marginalisation of la problem - the disenfranchised. Herded from view they live unattached to the Parisian womb except by journeying into the metropolis by the umbilical train track.

In response they have "created" a culture of their own, or rather purloined one from the same marginalised populations in America. So in come beat boxes, djing, graffiti art, cannabis, hip hop, break dancing and guns. Except with a french twist - the riot.

The gun seemingly defines the man, Glock, Walther, Smith and Wesson or Desert Eagle and in the embryonic world of the Cannnabis dispenser, it is a functional requirement. During the period this was set, mid 90's guns, like BMW's were totems of status and respect - they still are.

Out of sight has gone the land of mundane work and all the trappings that exist with it, aspiration. In its stead has come the life of the gangsta, dreams of violent revenge as all self made visions fall of buildings or go up in clouds of smoke.

Ranged against these anti social enterprises are the militarised police, acting to contain and maintain "docile bodies" within its social sphere; a mixture of arabs, blacks, jews and poor indigenous. Parisian poor, now locked away from the centre can be contained within these peripheral housing estates so when they riot, they only smash up their own facilities. The state wins by pointing out their innate animality and who would want them living within any social spitting distance?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
La Haine gives you an insight into what was happening during real events from a pretty much neutral p.o.v., though we follow three characters whose different backgrounds and races add a huge amount of quality to the film as they express their veiws on police brutality in Paris both verbally and physically. Dont expect anything due to its colourlessness or its french dialect with sub-titles, and accept that the best films dont come out of hollywood.
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