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La Haine (1995)
"La haine" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  23 February 1996 (USA)
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubert Koundé ...
Abdel Ahmed Ghili ...
Solo ...
Joseph Momo ...
Ordinary Guy
Héloïse Rauth ...
Rywka Wajsbrot ...
Vinz's Grandmother
Olga Abrego ...
Vinz's Aunt
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Choukri Gabteni ...
Saïd's Brother
Nabil Ben Mhamed ...
Boy Blague
Médard Niang ...
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The film follows three young men and their time spent in the French suburban "ghetto," over a span of twenty-four hours. Vinz, a Jew, Saïd, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer, have grown up in these French suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that took place a night before, a police officer lost his handgun in the ensuing madness, only to leave it for Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the beating he received while in police custody. Written by b4arr2y

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The DJ who appears in the upstairs project window and scratches with Cut Killer's "Nique la Police" is actually Cut Killer himself. See more »


The trip across Paris is strange : the three characters should arrive at the Saint-Lazare station(north-west of Paris), coming from ChanteloupLesVignes. Yet, when they arrive, they are in front of the Montparnasse station(south of Paris), on the Rennes street. Then, they go to Asterix place, on the boulevard Pierre Ier of Serbia, close to Iena Place (west of Paris), and when they try to catch the last train, this time they are at the Saint-Lazare station, the right one to go back. But then, when they are on the roof, they see the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero from the south-east, being probably close to Montparnasse station. Then, they come across a sculpture, L'Ecoute, in the Halles Garden(center of Paris), before going back. Hence, their trip goes : south, west, north-west, south and center of Paris. See more »


Astérix: Sniff of coke?
Saïd: Uh, no, no.
Astérix: You sure?
Saïd: Absolutely.
Astérix: [psychotically, to the others; starts rapidly practicing with nunchaku] A little coke? A little line of coke? Nobody for coke? That's it for coke? How's your brother, how's he doin?
Saïd: He's alright.
Astérix: [still practicing with nunchaku] Mean fuckin bastard. Still a maniac?
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The most relevant French film of the last 20 years
22 December 2013 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

'Mean Streets' in french - and so much more. While there are so many references to Scorsese that you could almost call it an homage, this French milestone deals with the disillusioned youth who live in the outskirts of Paris in such an elegant - and honest - way, that I would go so far as to call it the most relevant French film of the last 20 years. But it's also a cinematic masterpiece and great, often hilarious entertainment. Everything fits: the musical choices, the outstanding performances by the 3 main characters, the beautiful cinematography and flawless direction. And, perhaps most of all, THE perfect script.

As much a realistic portrayal of a torn society as it is an artistic achievement, 'La Haine' is essential viewing.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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