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La Haine Rated 15

La Haine

Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz. France, 1995. 1h 38m. French/subs. Starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui, Francois Levantal, Edouard Montoute, Karim Belkhadra.

Set in the aftermath of a riot, three friends 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 drifts towards an increasingly dangerous destiny.

Newly restored in 4K, 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.

‘The politics of the piece are confrontational, to say the least, but there is a maturity and depth to the characterisation which goes beyond mere agitprop’ ★★★★★ Time Out

‘The atmosphere of boiling-over tension among restless youths reacting to police brutality is closer to Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing than any other French movie of the period.’ ★★★★★ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine


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