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 Parisâ€™s outskirts.
Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert KoundÃ©), and SaÃ¯d (SaÃ¯d Taghmaoui)â€”a Jew, an African, and an Arabâ€”give human faces to Franceâ€™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 countryâ€™s ongoing identity crisis.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION
- 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 â€œLa haine,â€ a documentary that brings together cast and crew a decade after the filmâ€™s landmark release Featurette on the filmâ€™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
Author: Mathieu Kassovitz