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La Haine

So far, so good 

Year: 1995 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: It is expected that this film is fully subtitled. 
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz 
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui  
An image from La Haine

La Haine is one of the many films on our schedule this term whose reputation precedes it, a film that is as iconic as it is relevant to the political landscape today. The French perspective on the issue of institutional violence may be a bit extreme to British viewers, but the struggle against oppression depicted in this film is brilliant - simultaneously riveting and deeply saddening. La Haine (literally “Hate”) paints a nuanced picture of three 'gangsters' consumed by hatred, providing a careful blend of comedy and tension that lends all the more significance to the moments where tension reaches its peak. Its 90s period aesthetic is strangely beautiful, uninhibited by the B&W grading. This is one of those films where when the credits roll you can’t help but sit in silence for a minute and take it all in.

Ethan Dougall

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Screenings of this film:

1996/1997 Autumn Term (35mm)
1997/1998 Spring Term (35mm)
2022/2023 Autumn Term (digital)