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La Haine -- Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)--a Jew, an African, and an Arab--give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point.
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Director:
Writer:
Mathieu Kassovitz (written by)
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Release Date:
23 February 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
So far, so good See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"La Haine"; Mathieu Kassovitz' stark social study of violence, fear and hatred, remains the powerful masterpiece it was in '95. See more (159 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Cassel ... Vinz
Hubert Koundé ... Hubert

Saïd Taghmaoui ... 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

Benoît Magimel ... Benoît
Médard Niang ... Médard
Arash Mansour ... Arash
Abdel-Moulah Boujdouni ... Young Businessman
Mathilde Vitry ... Journalist
Christian Moro ... CRS TV Journalist
JiBi ... Fat Youth
Edouard Montoute ... Darty
Félicité Wouassi ... Hubert's mother
Fatou Thioune ... Hubert's Sister
Thang-Long ... Grocer (as Thang Long)
Cut Killer ... DJ
Sabrina Houicha ... Saïd's Sister
Sandor Weltmann ... Vinz Lookalike
François Levantal ... Astérix
Julie Mauduech ... Gallery Girl

Karin Viard ... Gallerly Girl
Peter Kassovitz ... Gallery Patron

Vincent Lindon ... Really Drunk Man
Christophe Rossignon ... Taxi Driver

Mathieu Kassovitz ... Young Skinhead

Anthony Souter ... Skin
Florent Lavandeira ... Skin
Teddy Marques ... Skin
Samir Khelif ... Skin
Tadek Lokcinski ... Monsieur Toilettes
Virginie Montel ... SDF Metro
Andrée Damant ... Concierge
Marcel Marondo ... Bouncer
Karim Belkhadra ... Samir
Marc Duret ... Inspector Notre Dame
Eric Pujol ... Assistant Policeman

Philippe Nahon ... Police Chief
Sébastien Tavel ... Hospital police officer
François Toumarkine ... Hospital police officer
José-Philippe Dalmat ... Hospital Police Officer

Zinedine Soualem ... Plainclothes Police Officer
Bernie Bonvoisin ... Plainclothes Police Officer
Cyril Ancelin ... Plainclothes Police Officer
Patrick Médioni ... CRS Cave

Directed by
Mathieu Kassovitz 
 
Writing credits
Mathieu Kassovitz (written by)

Produced by
Adeline Lecallier .... associate producer
Alain Rocca .... associate producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
Gilles Sacuto .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Assassin 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Aïm 
 
Film Editing by
Mathieu Kassovitz 
Scott Stevenson 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Ponturo 
 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
 
Makeup Department
Sophie Benaiche .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sophie Quiédeville .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ludovic Bernard .... second assistant director
Eric Pujol .... first assistant director
François Pujol .... third assistant director
Henri Pujol .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mélissa Ponturo .... art department trainee
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Laure Monrréal .... sound trainee
Vincent Tulli .... sound
Emmanuel Ughetto .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Rodolphe Chabrier .... digital effects
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... director of reseach and development: DuboiColor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bernard Chevreul .... stunts (as Bernard Chevreuil)
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Mohammed Enahal .... stunts (as Mohamed Enahal)
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Christian Hening .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent Blasco .... key grip
Axel Cosnefroy .... assistant camera
Georges Diane .... camera operator
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Hervé Lode .... second assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Jacques Monge .... Steadicam operator
Mikael Monod .... gaffer
Marie Spencer .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Stratos Gabrielidis .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Thierry Artur .... production accountant
Laure Darie .... production secretary
Guillaume Favreau .... assistant manager
Jodie Foster .... presenter
François Guerrar .... press attache
Abdelnabi Krouchi .... location manager
Dany Martin .... press attache
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La haine" - France (original title)
"Hate" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
There is a documentary called "Ten Years of La Haine" featuring cast and crew commentaries, production footage and deleted scenes. It is only found in the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray version of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
Saïd:Wow, what a speech! Half Moses, half Mickey Mouse.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Night of the Living Dead (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Burnin' and Lootin'See more »

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54 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
"La Haine"; Mathieu Kassovitz' stark social study of violence, fear and hatred, remains the powerful masterpiece it was in '95., 6 August 2007
Author: Sergeant_Tibbs from Suffolk, England

In 1995, Mathieu Kassovitz wrote and directed a film that showed the controversial truth; "La Haine", which translates to "Hate", a film deemed so important the then-prime minister Alain Juppé arranged a special screening and ordered his entire cabinet to watch the film. Kassovitz rightfully won the Best Director award at the Cannes festival for his film that had and still has a huge impact on French society. La Haine mixes ethnics to emphasise the overriding importance of solidarity against the police. In my opinion, the greatest film ever made. A cinematic phenomenon so close to my heart.

It is the day after the riots on an underclass French estate (the film opens with real footage of riots with the suitable soundtrack of Bob Marley's Burnin' and Lootin'). A youth named Abdel had been caught and beaten by the police and is now in critical condition. One of his very best friends, Vinz (Jewish), had found a cop's weapon. He swears that if Abdel dies he will kill a cop. The majority of the film revolves around Vinz and his two other friends Hubert (Afro-Caribbean) and Saïd (North African) roaming around their ghetto and suburbs of Paris. Set just within 24 hours, this is just a glimpse of the chaos.

There is an image in La Haine where Vinz (Vincent Cassel) imitates Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) in the mirror; "You talking' to me?" and then points his fingers like a gun and fires. This is not an action he only does once as he repeats it twice during the film. But why? He has a gun. Is this preparation? Yes. Vinz has to prepare because he is scared. And he has to see what it looks like, to make sure it looks "cool", as when he does kill a cop, he will get an undeserved respect by his peers. There is another scene in which Vinz and Hubert bump into a cop while trying to run from this. Vinz' first instinct is to pull the gun on him, this shows that the first instinct has now become violence. The reaction to violence is fear (which is apparent in the cops face until Hubert knocks him out). Fear creates hate; or, the thought and idea of hate. Like the youths feel they are supposed to hate the cops. Vinz is the angriest central character, but when he had his chance, he hesitates; consequences are not forgotten. Cassel performs Vinz with brute force, not failing to portray his character for a second.

Hubert (Hubert Koundé), the most subtle character in the film, remains quiet and gentle, although he is a boxer; or a fighter; for the majority of the film. He has a longing to escape. He has no idea who to trust. Everyone is a thug. This is the stereotype that has been created. But not even a thug wants this thought about them. He is always watching the hatred breed around him but never takes part. But when it comes to the cut, the action and reaction is always the same and he proves himself wrong. Koundé put a lot of effort into his role and earns his praise.

Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui); possibly the most vibrant character of the three, feels as if he has to be something, he hates change but he follows the crowd, he wants to be accepted. He appears to be everybody's friend as he constantly makes jokes. This is because his family is dead so Vinz and Hubert; and possibly Abdel but we don't know since we only ever hear about Abdel, so they are basically his family. But if they get into trouble they wouldn't hesitate to leave each other. It's every man for himself. Cassel, Koundé and Taghmaoui work so well together its as if they have known each other for years.

The youths are stuck on the idea that the cops are there to stop them, and they refuse the idea that the cops are there in fact to protect them. And the youths express hatred with violence. Sexual intercourse is not an issue in this society as it is too dangerous to have a girlfriend, as it will spawn more violence, thus more hatred. La Haine does not offer solutions to all the racism but in fact, shows you in a detailed and mature manner.

Starkly shot in black and white; La Haine has one of my favourite cinematography works. Kassovitz directional style is so inspirational, using rocketing zooms and smooth swerves to get the full view of the destruction. Popular hip hop music is used and heard throughout the film, none of it I would listen to unless I was watching La Haine. The film shows a side of France you can not find on a tourist map. Passion, dedication and effort was well put forward to La Haine. It punches you in the face with its sheer, raw intensity.

The films most important quote is the one it opens and shuts with: - "Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good... so far so good... so far so good. How you fall doesn't matter. It's how you land!". This directly reflects the films content, structure and result. La Haine proves that hatred is in fact the strongest emotion. One of the greatest films of the 90s and of all-time; if there was one perfect film; it would be La Haine.

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