La Haine (1996)

La Haine




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The tense, often riotous relationship between disenfranchised French youth and the police is examined in this hard-hitting drama. The story is set in the housing projects outside of Paris and takes place during a 24-hour period. It centers on three youths. The night before, a riot had ensued after a second-generation Arab was severely beaten by the police. The next day, the young men go to Paris, and end up getting arrested and interrogated by the police. Later the trio gets involved in a rumble … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mathieu Kassovitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Criterion Collection


as Hubert

as Insp. `Notre Dame'

as Vinz's Grandmother

as Monsieur Toilettes

as Boy Blague

as Hubert's Mother

as Hubert's Sister

as Plainclothes Policem...

as Plainclothes Policem...

as Plainclothes Policem...

as Gallery Girl

as Gallery Girl

as Young Businessman

as Journalist

as CRS TV Journalist

as Fat Youth

as Grocer

as Said's Sister

as Vinz Lookalike

as Gallery Patron

as Really Drunk Man

as Young Skinhead

as SDF Metro

as Ordinary Guy

as Vinz's Aunt

as Concierge

as Assistant Policeman

as Police Chief

as Hospital Policeman

as Hospital Policeman

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

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Chicago Sun-Times
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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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