La Haine Movie Analysis

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Favourite Film Analysis – La Haine (1995. France. Mathieu Kassovitz)
Mathieu Kassovitz’s ground-breaking film “La Haine” explores the lives of three youths who live in a “banlieue” (housing estate) just outside Paris. It’s an auteurist film with every element inflected by Kassovitz’s creative personality. When it was released in 1995 it gave rise to various socio-political issues that had been previously ignored in France. This paper will consider the role that each of the film ‘arts’ play in “La Haine” and an explanation of why it’s my all-time favourite film.
Mise-en-scene & Narrative: “La Haine” opens with grainy footage of young men protesting and rioting against police in the poor 1990s Parisian estates. We are immediately introduced to the realist setting of the film as we see one of the protagonists, Said, who is dressed in sports street-wear outside a desolate, vandalised police station in the apparent aftermath of the 1995 Paris riots. “La Haine”, translated to “Hate” in English, represents the negative force that Kassovitz believed was damaging French society. This suggests a narrative that is much more complex than the straightforward story following three young men who find a gun on a housing estate. The use of titles telling the time implies a time limit which creates suspense that intensifies towards the climactic end of the film. This also acts as a symbol of the downward spiral of a wider French society. The film has a three-hander interaction with Said,
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