This film is one of the first cinema screenings programmed by Keeping It Reel, a local Young Film Programmers group based at Trinity Theatre. Through the films we show, we hope to encourage young people to expand their film interests, showcasing films from varying countries, genres, and time periods.
When a young Arab is arrested and beaten unconscious by police, a riot erupts in the notoriously violent suburbs outside of Paris. Three of the victim’s peers, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Said (Said Taghmaoui) and Hubert (Hubert Koundé), wander aimlessly about their home turf in the aftermath of the violence as they try to come to grips with their outrage over the brutal incident. After one of the men finds a police officer’s discarded weapon, their night seems poised to take a bleak turn.
“La Haine is an unmissable response to an unending emergency” (The Guardian);
“A layered conundrum that builds to a stunning crescendo, Mathieu Kassovitz’s Hate is an extremely intelligent take on an idiotic reality: the mutual mistrust, contempt and hatred between the police and France’s disenfranchised young citizens” (Variety);
“One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made” (The Times).
Young Film Programmers: La Haine (12A) · 97mins · Mathieu Kassovitz · French (English Subtitled)