benhack’s review published on Letterboxd:
La Haine (1995)
Hubert: Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good... so far so good... so far so good. How you fall doesn't matter. It's how you land!
la haine is a movie that indoctrinates and places many rhetorical convictions on the collateral effects of resentment.
the three protagonists each manifest separate adversaries of contemplative temperaments:
vinz represents a subliminal abundance of cynicism to the principle of gluttony and gentrification within Paris.
his flagrancy is his biggest detriment, causing a tepremental imbalance, as he also struggles to synthesize his animosity into a tangible sentiment.
he so desperately yearns to get retribution for his friend who was seriously injured by the police yet he cant diminish a feeling of not being able to follow through on his words.
saïd reciprocates many of mutual exasperated virtues as vinz yet his pretence of protruding masculinity that he believes liberates him is often futile.
usually through how he attempts to coerce vinz and Hubert into spontaneous acts of violence, despite their frequent ambivalence of what is the point of resenting.
Hubert, a boxer, is a man of rapture, he dreams of conforming to a life of being docile and neutral, although the heavy shackles of cynicism burden him.
while it seems like any context to these characters are ambiguous, the quintessence of this film is how it only wants to merit what is depicted in the run time, the three friends adopt a volatile agenda that dictates the plot, which helps to adopt the fairly mundane context into something more palpable and more brilliantly potent.
the story itself distills a diligent portrayal of three rioting french men in the advent of police brutality inflicted of one of their friends seems like something so dystopian yet so resonant, which induces the most nuance of fear within the entire film.
while this does tenuously resemble a film like do the right thing in terms of general storyline, I feel like this very much sets it's own precedent in depicting a truly inglorified representation of today's reality.
and both films came out in around the 90s?!?
the cinematography is also surprisingly cathartic, from a pretty cool dolly zoom all the way to something that looks like it was filmed on a reversing camera on a car!!!
I highly highly highly recommend that you make this a prerequisite watch!
my apologies if this sounds like waffle lmao!