La Haine

Criterion

La Haine

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Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, La haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country’s ongoing identity crisis.

FILM INFO

  • Mathieu Kassovitz
  • France
  • 1995
  • 97 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.85:1
  • French
  • Spine #381

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mathieu Kassovitz, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Kassovitz
  • Introduction by actor Jodie Foster
  • Ten Years of “La haine,” a documentary that brings together cast and crew a decade after the film’s landmark release
  • Featurette on the film’s banlieue setting
  • Production footage
  • Deleted and extended scenes, each with an afterword by Kassovitz
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 2006 appreciation by filmmaker Costa-Gavras

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse