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La Haine: The Criterion Collection (1995)

Actors: Vincent Cassel, Said Taghmaoui
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Genre: Foreign
Release Date: 2007-04-17
Audio tracks: French- Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English
Format: Wide screen
Running time: 97 Min


Synopsis: When he was just twenty-nine years old, Mathieu Kassovitz took the international film world by storm with La Haine (Hate), a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically in the low-income banlieue districts on Paris's outskirts. Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said - a Jew, an African, and an Arab - give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentments at their social marginalization slowly simmering until they reach 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.


Special Features:
- New English-language audio commentary by writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz
- Video introduction by Jodie Foster
A new video featurette on the film's banlieue setting
- Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vicendeau and notes by Costa-Gavras
- More!

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