La Haine
1995 / 98m - France
Crime, Drama
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August 21, 2023


It's been a while since I last watched Kassovitz's breakthrough film, and I was happy to see that it had lost almost none of its original appeal. And it's not just because the banlieue issues are still relevant to this day, it's the way Kassovitz managed to capture a snapshot of the young people living in those neighborhoods, about how the violence around them escalates and how they are pulled in, without ever feeling the need to cover up their less favorable sides. Superb performances, lovely black-and-white cinematography, and a fitting score all help to set the mood for this riveting drama.

December 22, 2004