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La Haine (1996)

La Haine




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While to most outsiders Paris seems the very picture of beauty and civility, France has had a long and unfortunate history of intolerance toward outsiders, and this powerful drama from filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz takes an unblinking look at a racially diverse group of young people trapped in the Parisian economic and social underclass. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), who is Jewish, Hubert (Hubert Kounde), who is Black, and Said (Said Taghmaoui), 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. They hang out and wander the streets as a way of filling their days and are sometimes caught up in frequent skirmishes between the police and other disaffected youth. 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. Actress Jodie Foster was so impressed with La Haine when she saw it at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival that she helped to arrange American distribution for the film through her production company, Egg Pictures.more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mathieu Kassovitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Criterion Collection


Marc Duret
as Insp. `Notre Dame'
Rywka Wajsbrot
as Vinz's Grandmother
Tadek Lokcinski
as Monsieur Toilettes
Nabil Ben Mhamed
as Boy Blague
Félicité Wouassi
as Hubert's Mother
Fatou Thioune
as Hubert's Sister
Zinedine Soualem
as Plainclothes Policem...
Bernie Bonvoisin
as Plainclothes Policem...
Cyril Ancelin
as Plainclothes Policem...
Karin Viard
as Gallery Girl
Julie Mauduech
as Gallery Girl
Abdel-Moulah Boujdou...
as Young Businessman
Mathilde Vitry
as Journalist
Christian Moro
as CRS TV Journalist
as Fat Youth
Thang Long
as Grocer
Sabrina Houicha
as Said's Sister
Sandor Weltmann
as Vinz Lookalike
Peter Kassovitz
as Gallery Patron
Vincent Lindon
as Really Drunk Man
Mathieu Kassovitz
as Young Skinhead
Virginie Montel
as SDF Metro
Joseph Momo
as Ordinary Guy
Olga Abrego
as Vinz's Aunt
Andrée Damant
as Concierge
Eric Pujol
as Assistant Policeman
Philippe Nahon
as Police Chief
Sébastien Tavel
as Hospital Policeman
François Toumarkine
as Hospital Policeman
Jose-Philippe Dalmat
as Hospital Policeman
as Santo
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Critic Reviews for La Haine

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz mines so much tension and pointed dialogue from a low budget and deceptively simple premise that you wonder why so much of current Hollywood's own social realism ends up shooting $50 million blanks.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Hate is, I suppose, a Generation X film, whatever that means, but more mature and insightful than the American Gen X movies.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Entertainment Weekly
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September 23, 2006
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for La Haine

Quite possibly Spike Lee's second best film - certainly his best in French.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Focusing on a day in the life of three social outcasts of Paris and impressively well filmed in black and white with extremely elegant long takes, this powerful drama comes as a profoundly relevant commentary on the continuous cycle of hate that only generates more hate.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I didn't expect this; what a pretentious film. The DVD cover proudly states how 'powerful' it is, and how it was a 'wake up call'. I'm sorry, this film about urban chaos has been done better many times, Taxi Driver being the first example that springs to mind. It's all been said before, but it's upon watching films like 'La Haine' that you truly realise what Robert De Niro created in that performance, his descent into madness totally consumes the viewer.

'La Haine' on the other hand has three leading characters, who, like the film itself, are quite frankly boring. There's no real depth to them, they're annoying, they're just three angry, bitter scumbags who can't function properly in decent social circles(with the exception of Hubert for the most part, however he can be just as bad, as showcased in the art gallery scene). The characters, especially Vincent Cassel's 'Vinz', quickly become tiresome. I'm afraid I'm all too familiar with these types, those playing the victim of society, moaning that they have no opportunities when they know full well that they could make something of themselves if they tried, they're just scared. People like that thrive off making a nuisance of themselves. However, that slightly sociological rant brings me onto some praise; I commend how accurately the characters are represented, but 90 minutes of these characters simply doesn't make for good viewing. Very little happens in 'La Haine', it relies on dialogue, and that certainly doesn't help it, it's no 'Pulp Fiction' in that respect. The narrative, much like its characters, is aimless, not good film making.

The only thing I'll remember about La Haine is its abrupt ending, which just serves as chronic bathos in my opinion. If the team responsible for this were aiming to recreate the dreary trials and tribulations of a few members of the Parisian underclass, they achieved admirably.

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

Super Reviewer

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