La Haine
aka Hate
First screened in September 2003 / Most recently screened in April 2015
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz. Cast: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Solo, Choukri Gabteni, François Levantal, Rywka Wajsbrot, Olga Abrego, Héloïse Rauth, Benoît Magimel, Nabil Ben Mhamed, Médard Niang, Arash Mansour, Mathilde Vitry, Félicité Wouassi, Fatou Thioune, Sabrina Houicha, Cut Killer, Philippe Nahon, Eric Pujol, Julie Maudeuch, Karin Viard, Peter Kassovitz, Vincent Lindon, Mathieu Kassovitz. Screenplay: Mathieu Kassovitz.

Twitter Capsule: Film-school showiness in image, sound, acting, and structure, which isn't to deny its moments of power in all those areas.

VOR:   Even when technique feels superficial or dated, the gumption to address dramatic rips in the French social fabric made it hugely controversial and subtends its lingering fame and value.

Photo © 1995 The Samuel Goldwyn Company/Channel Four Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Cannes Film Festival: Best Director
European Film Awards: Best Youth Film
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Film; Best Producer (Christophe Rossignon); Best Film Editing (Mathieu Kassovitz & Scott Stevenson)

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