La Haine (Hate)

Below you will find written and video materials to supplement your experience with this film. Be aware that essays and video essays are likely to contain spoilers.

Critical Essays

La Haine and After: Arts, Politics, and the Banlieue (Criterion)

5 Reasons Why La Haine Is A Modern Masterpiece of French Cinema (Taste of Cinema)

View of La Haine: Framing the ‘Urban Outcasts’ (

Contextual Reading

Rebels with a Cause: (Re)defining Identities and Culture in Contemporary French Cinema

Exploring the Banlieue (

Beurs in the Hood: Coming of Age in the Banlieue (

Sounds of the banlieue | The Wider Image | Reuters


BFI at Home | La Haine Q&A with director Mathieu Kassovitz
The Making of a Scene on La Haine
La Haine – The reflection of a fallen society

La Haine

Meetup on February 24th, 2021

Our next film is the 1995 French film La Haine, written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.

La Haine (Hate) is a film about three young men from the banlieue or housing projects on the outskirts of Paris. Said, Vinz, and Hubert are three young men navigating a world that is socially, economically and geographically isolated from French society. They spend a Homeric day encountering police brutality, violence, crime and drugs while burdened by the frustration bred by poverty and stagnation of the projects. Photographed in black and white and taking place over a single 19-hour period, the film is a gritty look at civil disenfranchisement in modern France.

La Haine is available on Amazon prime video and iTunes to rent ($3.99), and free with a Criterion channel subscription. Click here to see the trailer!

We will discuss the film’s themes, techniques and lasting impact on February 24th at 8:00 PM. Please join us! We would love to share your thoughts on this hard-boiled look at French society.