La Haine Movie Review

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LA HAINE La Haine (Hate) is a film written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. La Haine takes place in a Suburb of the city of Paris, the main characters represent the ethnic and religious mix of these areas. Said, an Arab, Vinz, a Jew, and Hubert, an African. La Haine is inspired by a real event where a young man was murdered while being questioned at a Parisian Police station. The main theme within the film is the theme of Hatred. The film deals with many types of hatred such as exclusion, relations between young people, police and racism. La Haine was filmed in black and white and uses rough camera work to help convey the serious theme. The film's opening consists of a montage of real footage depicting extreme rioting; it sets a very confrontational tone between the police and the rioters. The film follows Said, Vinz and Hubert over a span of twenty-four hours on the day after the riots occurred. They have grown up in the Parisian suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. A friend of theirs, Abdel, has been brutalized by the police shortly before the riot and lies in a coma. Vinz, seeks revenge by simply killing a police officer in retaliation. Hubert on the other hand believes that murdering a police officer will do little to help their situation as it will most likely either intensify the rioting and tension between the police and the people or that it will just land them in prison. Said however finds himself struggling with the extremely complicated situation. Said represents the innocence of the whole conflict. The three go through an aimless daily routine to entertain themselves, frequently finding themselves under police scrutiny. They hang out, sell drugs, antagonize the police and each other, and attempt to gain entry to the hospital ward where Abdel
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