La Haine [Criterion] (DVD)

Mathieu Kassovitz

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Synopsis

2-Disc Edition, in French with English subtitles.

 

When he was just twenty-nine years old, Mathieu Kassovitz took the international film world by storm with La Haine (Hate), a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically in the low-income banlieue districts on Paris's outskirts. Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said - a Jew, an African, and an Arab - give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentments at their social marginalization slowly simmering until they reach 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: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui
  • Format: Black & White, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: R
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 1301218

Special Features

  • New English-language audio commentary by writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Video introduction by Jodie Foster
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Ten Years Of La Haine, a new documentary that brings together key cast and crew a decade after the film's landmark release
  • New video featurette on the film's banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vicendeau and an appreciation by acclaimed filmmaker Costa-Gavras

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