La haine

  • Jill Forbes


Since its initial screening at the Cannes Film festival in 1995 where it was awarded the director’s prize, La haine has become a cult movie inside and outside France, attracting large audiences and generating websites and electronic discussion groups — a success which is based on its ability to appeal to widely different audiences. Its subject-matter is parochial, but it addresses all those who live in large, cosmopolitan conurbations; it appeals to generational solidarity beyond distinctions of race, gender or nationality; it refers to the traditions of French cinema and culture and depicts a social context which is French, but its citation of American filmic and musical material gives it an international dimension. It is a highly wrought and meticulously planned work of art, but it looks like a television current affairs or documentary programme. Like Godard’s A bout de souffle or Blier’s Les valseuses, La haine is a zeitgeist film which sums up the mood and preoccupations of a particular time and place, but in a way that is internationally appealing.


Taxi Driver Police Brutality Musical Material Generational Solidarity Candid Camera 
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  1. Rémy, Vincent 1995: ‘Entretien avec Mathieu Kassovitz’. In Télérama, 31 May, 19–24.Google Scholar

Suggestions for Further Reading

  1. Alexander, Karen 1995: ‘La haine’. In Vertigo, Autumn/Winter, 45–46.Google Scholar
  2. Bourguignon, Thomas and Tobin, Yann 1995: ‘Entretien avec Mathieu Kassovitz’. In Positif, 412, 8–13.Google Scholar
  3. Translated in Ciment, Michel and Herpe, Noël 1999: Projections 9: French Filmmakers on Film-making. London: Faber, 183–93.Google Scholar
  4. Chambers, Ross 1999: ‘Interesting Circumstances: Queerness, Cruising and the Parasocial (Thoughts on and around Kassovitz’s La haine)’. Unpublished article.Google Scholar
  5. Darke, Chris 1995: ‘La haine’. In Sight and Sound, November, 221.Google Scholar
  6. Favier, Gilles and Kassovitz, Mathieu 1995: Jusqu’ici tout va bien: Scénario et photographies autour du film ‘La haine’. Arles: Actes Sud.Google Scholar
  7. Rémy, Vincent 1995: ‘Entretien avec Mathieu Kassovitz’. In Télérama, 31 May, 19–24.Google Scholar
  8. Trémois, Claude-Marie 1997: Les Enfants de la liberté. Paris: Éditions du Seuil.Google Scholar

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