La Haine

La Haine ★★★★★

Recommended by: Alan
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This is a masterwork of French cinema, with the tension always being an inch away and the performances being masterful. The trio of characters that we follow throughout the film feel like genuine people, just wanting justice for their friend and wanting to find revenge in some way. It's a bit hard to get into talking about some of the deeper themes of this film without mentioning the ending, but I'd rather it not be a spoiler review. Just know that the themes and messages stick with that ending. The camera work is mesmerizing, with scenes being able to breathe, and when the camera cuts, it's almost a moment where we can take a breath. The black and white adds a whole lot to this movie without feeling like a gimmick. It's well paced and plotted, making this one of my favourite Secret Cinema watches.

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