[cert 15, 96 mins]

La Haine is a social drama set in the industrial suburbs of Paris, in a typical kind of French suburban housing ghetto where it’s not unpleasant to live – there are parks and football fields but there is nothing for the young to do. They don’t go to school, they’re bored – they ‘hang around’. Against this background an Arab boy is critically ill with a gunshot wound. A police revolver has found its way into the hands of a young Jewish skinhead who vows to even the score if his pal dies. The film depicts the reality of the young people’s frustration and boredom.

Director:Mathieu Kassovitz

Starring:Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kotinde

Level:AS, A2, KS4

Subjects:Film Studies, French, History, Media Studies

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