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La Haine

France

1995

1h 38m

Director Mathieu Kassovitz

Starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Genre Drama

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Three friends pass aimless days in their dead-end banlieu. Vinz, whose Eastern European family is Jewish, Hubert, who has Caribbean roots, and Said, of North African descent, are all part of France's large immigrant population. As their resentment of their social marginalization increases, they decide that they have to act.

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A nuanced look at the problems of policing in mid-90s France from the perspective of three friends, all with different backgrounds and goals, but stuck in the same place and lifestyle. La Haine's message remains chillingly relevant across cultures to this day, making this poignant, impactful film one that everyone should see.

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