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Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz
1995, France, 97 min
French with English subtitles

Join us for our new series, Staff Picks, where our Winnipeg Film Group staff will select and introduce new and old favourites. This month’s selection was chosen by Cinematheque projectionist Omid Moterassed.

“The passionate cries of a silenced youth, hearts turned to hatred as the clock ticks towards carnage. La Haine makes visible a culture that exists beyond mainstream Paris, alienated and at war with the police. A timeless allegory whose shadow remains today.” – Omid Moterassed

Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La Haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. 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. 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.

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A layered conundrum that builds to a stunning crescendo, Mathieu Kassovitz’s Hate is an extremely intelligent take on an idiotic reality: the mutual mistrust, contempt and hatred between the police and France’s disenfranchised young citizens.

– Lisa Nesselson, Variety

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