La Haine details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Vincent Lindon, Hubert Kounde, Benoit Magimel, Vincent Cassel, Joseph Momo, Peter Kassovitz, Andree Damant, Karim Belkhadra, Francois Levantal, Edouard Montoute, Said Taghmaoui, Philippe Nahon, Christophe Rossi, Marc Duret, Mathieu Kassovitz|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||La haine|
|Collections:||Coming of Age, Decades: 90s, Festival Favourites, Gangs & Cartels, Hidden Gems, IMDb Highest Rated, Incredible Indies, Sexiest Men Alive|
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Feb 2001|
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never blink - amazing!By juno from London , 03 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]"La Haine" is one of the best films made in the last 20 years. It requires attention to detail, though, and it's fully packed with messages and metaphors. It's not just about racism and social condition but also a representation of youth and its bigger questions. "The world is yours", seen frequently in the street banners throughout the film, contradicts the reality of what the youths expect life to offer them.
The camerawork is absolutely amazing, just try to keep an eye for how the camera moves and how the images follow each other, and how the sound is worked around them. The acting is amazing too, it leads us to believe that everyone is real, and I think it helped a lot that they didn't employ any major actors for the main parts.
There are many details to watch out for and some of them will only be understood by viewers with background knowledge on certain issues. But that's not important at all, the film is highly entertaining and punchy, as good if not better than most actions films. The violence is realistic and only shocking because it mirrors real situations.
Watch it twice, at least, and don't blink :)
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A Modern ClassicBy a customer from Kersey, Suffolk , 30 Nov 2008Even if subtiltled films aren't your thing- make this an exception, its well worth it!! Fantastically written, acted and directed this is a film that will never date.
surprisingly funBy a customer from South Tottenham , 20 Nov 2008There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding this film and I was expecting that it might try a little too hard to be political and right-on. Maybe it does try too hard and somehow the characters are not quite as gritty and real as they are supposed to be, and you might find the moody black-and-white camerawork a bit annoying.
You might also expect la Haine to be quite boring, but the point is that it isn't. It is actually a fantastically enjoyable film. Possibly because of the way the film is structured it contains a stream of funny/exciting/dramatic scenes. What I most enjoyed though was the dialogue which was unceasingly entertaining/off-beat/witty/almost profound. I especially liked the vignettes - the bit-part players who kept cropping up with wonderfully irrelevant things to say.
I wasn't personally particularly moved by the ending but by then I was well pleased with my evening's viewing.
La HaineBy Vas (5 reviews) from Barnet , 20 Nov 2008Interesting film with a very emotive title
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TRULY AMAZINGBy mrwhistlingsweets (17 reviews) from Coventry , 16 Sep 2008Wow! This film totally blew me away for many many reasons: well-filmed, well-acted, great direction. Also it is very inventive, cleverly written and developed. You really get to both know and care about the characters as you follow then through a short period of their lives. The detail crammed into the set pieces and sense of time and place are remarkable. I really feel as though I have some understanding of the problems which exist in urban France and the film works both as a drama and a message movie.
I will say nothing about the plot. Revel in the characters, watch it right to the end and leave yourself half an hour to digest....
One of my favourite film experiences of all time.
Paris on the edgeBy spirulina (6 reviews) from London , 07 Sep 200824 hours in the lives of 3 non-white disaffected youth from the poor suburbs of Paris. You feel the claustrophobia of lack of choice and the boredom of existence forced into an ever-decreasing circle of police brutality, poverty and petty crime.
This film has none of the slick distance of a Hollywood film, but brings it all onto your doorstep. Disturbing, gritty and real. Vincent Cassels and his two side-kicks are brilliant.