La Haine [1995] [Criterion] (BLU)

Mathieu Kassovitz

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Robbie Ikegami 07/01/2013



“It’s not the fall that kills, but the way you land.” —Hubert’s philosophical metaphor of falling is emotionally applied to survival in the projects in 1995’s La Haine

La Haine (translated Hate) prologues with actual news footage of rioting in the suburban projects of Paris. Parked cars are lit aflame and buildings trashed as a female news anchor reports on the riots. After a teen was severely beaten by police while handcuffed in their custody, the projects erupted with a wave of violence and looting. The victim, a minority, was left in critical condition, the reporter notes and suddenly, the TV set shuts off—the audience is in for a radically different telling of the situation. 


In French with English subtitles. 


Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La Haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue on Paris's outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Kounde), and Saïd (Said Taghmaoui) - a Jew, an African, and Arab-give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, La Haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country's ongoing identity crisis.

Product Details

  • Starring: Said Taghmaoui, Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 05/08/2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 381

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary By Kassovitz
  • Introduction By Actor Jodie Foster
  • Ten Years of La Haine - A Documentary That Brings Together Cast And crew A Decade After The Film's Landmark Release
  • Featurette On The Film's Banlieue Setting
  • Production Footage
  • Deleted And Extended Scenes, Each With An Afterword By Kassovitz
  • Gallery of Behind The Scenes Photos
  • Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 2006 Apprecitation By Filmmaker Costa-Gavras
  • Trailers
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