La Haine

La Haine ★★★★

Secret Cinema round 23
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I knew this would have a tense atmosphere and what the backdrop in general was, so I expected it to be a heavy "message" film, but it's not in the way you think. It has a very vibrant energy and pace, and it colors events and the background with the concept of police brutality and racism without being totally about it necessarily. I loved the pacing, the stylish filmmaking, the energy like I said, and the uneven distribution of tension. It's not really a constant, simmering build like Do the Right Thing, it's more of an ebb and flow of tension and then release back to them goofing off (I loved their dynamic too, very interesting assortment of temperaments and ideologies).

This is all a post-ending realization, however. As it was coming to a close, I thought it was losing sight of what I expected it to be and let my guard down. And that's exactly when the ending strikes, the poignancy and pointlessness and the surprise of it is so well done. That's where the title reaches its peak relevance

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