La Haine

La Haine ★★★★½

“It’s not how you fall. It’s how you land.”

This film lands with the force of an anvil dropped from twenty stories. Marginalized kids butting up against men with unchecked power. Abdel’s story and the “interrogation” scene illustrate how fear and antagonism manifest as crushed bones and constricted windpipes.

So many gorgeous moments, too. Vinz fuming in front of a 70-ton sandstone statue. DJ Cut Killer scratching over beats while the camera soars over the housing project. Hubert throwing jabs at a punching bag in slow motion, as Said and Vinz walk through the ruins of his torched gym.

And dialogue for days. 

“Stop carrying the world on your shoulders! You ain’t got the build for it.”

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