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La Haine

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful French drama is violent, raw, and still relevant.

Movie NR 1995 98 minutes
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One of the most striking and powerful films in cinema history, this hard-hitting French drama was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz when he was just 27 years old. La Haine has an energy and anger that was reflective of its time, and what's more it remains disturbingly still pertinent today. Kassovitz's decision to shoot in black and white gives the film a timeless quality, and given it's about police brutality against marginalized communities, its relevance is sobering.

Earning the filmmaker the Best Director award at Cannes, it feels like a film that was made by someone young. Its unapologetic rawness and punk-like indignation toward the system makes it one of the most profound, political films in French history. The leading trio of performers are all exceptional, with Vincent Cassel's stunning turn as the angry Vinz bringing him to the attention of international audiences. La Haine is a film that everybody needs to see, at least once.

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