La Haine

La Haine

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in Sept 2020

Mathieu Kassovitz
Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
98 mins, Subtitled, 1995, France
Primary language

“Chucks a Molotov cocktail through the sedate window-front of modern French cinema” - The Independent

Simmering hostility and prejudices boil over in Mathieu Kassovitz’s provocative and compelling portrait of a Parisian housing project.

Set in the aftermath of a riot, three friends – Vinz (Vincent Cassell), Hubert (Hubert Koundè) and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui) – trapped by their economic, ethnic and community circumstances, navigate the escalating urban discontent. But, with tensions still high and the threat of violence ever-present, the trio drift towards an increasingly dangerous destiny.

Newly restored, La Haine’s scalding take on France’s social divide still carries a knockout punch. Beautifully shot in black and white by Pierre Aïm, this mid-1990s landmark remains as fresh and relevant 25 years on from its original release.