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La Haine (France)


Dark youth


Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Cast: Vincent Cassel   Hubert Kounde   Said Taghmaoui

Footage: 97min

Year: 1995 

This drama takes an unblinking look at a racially diverse group of young people trapped in the Parisian economic and social underclass. Vinz , who is Jewish, Hubert, who is Black, and Said, who is Arabic, are young men from the lower rungs of the French economic ladder; they have no jobs, few prospects, and no productive way to spend their time. One day, a street riot breaks out after police seriously injure an Arab student; the three friends are arrested and questioned, and it is learned that a policeman lost a gun in the chaos. However, what they don't know is that Vinz picked it up and has it in his possession, and when Vinz, Hubert, and Said get into a scuffle with a group of racist skinheads, the circumstances seem poised for tragedy.

28-year-old director Kassovitz is more interested in uncovering his protagonists' frailties than idealizing them. Their anger is justified and treated with sympathy, but they are held responsible for their reactions to it. The tragedy that concludes that, as long as racism and other forms of social repression are permitted to exist, we are all both its perpetrators and its ultimate victims.


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