La Haine

La Haine

Director: Matthieu Kassovitz

1995, France, 98 minutes

Program Notes

It’s been labelled French cinema’s answer to Boyz N The Hood, but La Haine (Hate) has a flavour all of its own. Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz butts European urbanity up against American street style as kids clash with cops in suburban Paris. The result is an explosion of scathing social commentary and dynamic storytelling. Delving into the generational, racial, and class divides of his native France, Kassovitz offers an unreservedly fearless attack on the frontlines of power.