La Haine

La Haine ★★★★

“La Haine” is a French black-and-white drama film that depicts approximately 24 hours in the lives of three young men living in a poor banlieue near Paris in the aftermath of an urban riot in their neighborhood, which resulted in the hospitalization of one of their friends.

“La Haine” is a very impressive movie, both on a technical and narrative level. It features spectacular, innovative cinematography and great editing as well as heartfelt, thought-provoking social commentary, timeless themes, and fascinating, layered characters. All three lead actors deliver terrific performances and their chemistry with each other is unreal. At the end of the movie you really feel like you know these characters and understand their perspectives on life. I love, when a movie does that. The film is well paced, highly immersive, brilliantly structured, and has one of the most shocking and memorable endings I have ever seen. Highly recommended.

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