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

 -  Drama  -  23 February 1996 (USA)
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After local youth Abdel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. The gun is found by Vinz who threatens he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hubert Koundé ...
Hubert
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Saïd
Abdel Ahmed Ghili ...
Abdel
Solo ...
Santo
Joseph Momo ...
Ordinary Guy
Héloïse Rauth ...
Sarah
Rywka Wajsbrot ...
Vinz's Grandmother
Olga Abrego ...
Vinz's Aunt
Laurent Labasse ...
Cook
Choukri Gabteni ...
Saïd's Brother
Nabil Ben Mhamed ...
Boy Blague
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Benoît
Medard Niang ...
Médard (as Médard Niang)
Arash Mansour ...
Arash
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Storyline

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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Three Young Friends... One Last Chance. See more »

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La Haine  »

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$309,811 (USA)
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Mathieu Kassovitz was inspired to write the screenplay when one of his friends - a fellow kid from the projects - died in police custody. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Vinz: I know who I am and where I'm from!
Man: Then go back there and shut the fuck up!
Vinz: Go fuck your mother, man.
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References Les visiteurs (1993) See more »

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Written by Larry Blackmon
Performed by Cameo song of PolyGram Inc.
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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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