La haine Film Still

La haine

Mathieu Kassovitz

 
La haine (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1995
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #381

Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches 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.

Cast

VinzVincent Cassel
HubertHubert Koundé
SaïdSaïd Taghmaoui
AstérixFrançois Levanthal
AbdelAbdel Ahmed Ghili
SamirKarim Belkhadra
DartyEdouard Mountoute
SantoSolo
Ordinary guyJoseph Momo
SarahHéloïse Rauth
Vinz's grandmotherRywka Wajsbrot
Vinz's auntOlga Abrego
JournalistMathilde Vitry
Hubert's motherFélicité Wouassi
Hubert's sisterFatou Thioune
DJCut Killer
Gallery girl no. 1Julie Mauduech
Gallery girl no. 2Karin Viard

Credits

DirectorMathieu Kassovitz
WriterMathieu Kassovitz
Executive producerChristophe Rossignon
Line producerGilles Sacuto
Associate producersAdeline Lecallier and Alain Rocca
Production managerGilles Sacuto
Director of photographyPierre Aïm
Camera operatorGeorges Diane
SoundVinecent Tulli
Edited byMathieu Kassovitz and Scott Stevenson
Art directorGiuseppe Ponturo

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mathieu Kassovitz, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Kassovitz
  • Introduction by actor Jodie Foster
  • Ten Years of “La haine,” a documentary that brings together cast and crew a decade after the film’s landmark release
  • Featurette on the film’s banlieue setting
  • Production footage
  • Deleted and extended scenes, each with an afterword by Kassovitz
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 2006 appreciation by filmmaker Costa-Gavras

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

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La haine and after: Arts, Politics, and the Banlieue

By Ginette VincendeauMay 08, 2012

To start on a personal note: I wrote a book about La haine that came out in November 2005, . . . Read more »

Film Essays

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La haine and after: Arts, Politics, and the Banlieue

By Ginette VincendeauMay 08, 2012

To start on a personal note: I wrote a book about La haine that came out in November 2005, . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Features

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“A Metaphor for Our World”

By Costa-GavrasMay 08, 2012

Z director Costa-Gavras’s thoughts on La haine. Read more »


Video


Features

La haine: Kassovitz vs. Sarkozy

By Mathieu Kassovitz and Nicolas SarkozyApril 16, 2007

In November 2005, riots spread throughout the suburbs of Paris following the accidental deaths . . . Read more »