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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.