La Haine (Hate)
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While to most outsiders Paris seems the very picture of beauty and civility, France has had a long and unfortunate history of intolerance toward outsiders, and this powerful drama from filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz takes an unblinking look at a racially diverse group of young people trapped in the Parisian economic and social underclass. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), who is Jewish, Hubert (Hubert Kounde), who is Black, and Said (Said Taghmaoui), who is Arabic, are young men from the lower rungs of the French economic ladder; they have no jobs, few prospects, and no productive way to spend their time.… More

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"Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz mines so much tension and pointed dialogue from a low budget and deceptively simple premise that you wonder why so much of current Hollywood's own social realism ends up shooting $50 million blanks."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"La Haine does not provide an easy answer. So you have to struggle intellectually for yourself."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"to get an inside view of the situation, there simply is no better source than Kassovitz's disturbing urban study"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"All the performances are excellent, especially Cassel..."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Hate is, I suppose, a Generation X film, whatever that means, but more mature and insightful than the American Gen X movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The conveniently manufactured ending is a let-down, but the display of raw emotion and kinetic energy lingers with the viewer long after the film is over."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made"
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Mathieu Kassovitz's gritty, documentary-like second film is a powerful comment on class and racial disparity."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"An inspired achievement from Mathieu Kassovitz."
‑ Cole Smithey,
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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