Mathieu Kassovitz, France, 1995o
Riots break out in the dreary social housing estates of the Paris suburbs after a 16-year-old is beaten almost to death by the police. After a night of violence between youths and the police, a state of emergency prevails. Driven by hatred for the system, friends Hubert, Said and Vinz are on the front lines of a day that will change their lives.
Mathieu Kassovitz’s account of police brutality is as ferocious a punch in the stomach as it was twenty-five years ago, and retains every spark of an explosive deconstruction of France’s treatment of minorities and widening social inequality.Matthew Anderson
As is so often the case with the greatest films, La Haine only seems to get even better with each passing year... The Molotov cocktail landing on planet Earth in La Haine still resonates as a symbolic provocation that the only way to create lasting positive change is to wipe out what has gone before and start again from scratch. And what can be more rebellious that that?Kaleem Aftab