|Fig 1 - La Haine Poster|
Though I do have a few underlying problems with the film, overall I can safely say it was never boring. The economically-deprived atmosphere felt incredibly well established, with it's all-encompassing relationships between shady characters seeming all rather legitimate. The cinematography often uses experimental shots to justify the relationship between action and reaction, which made certain scenes all the more powerful. Performances on the whole were incredibly well-executed, with Vincent Cassell standing out as the hot-headed Travis Bickle wannabe, masterfully capturing the nihilism of post-pubescence despite being considerably older than his character.
|Fig 2 - La Haine - Vinz, Hubert & Saïd|
Having said that, there is a very captivating quality to La Haine which, in it's reckless abandon, gives the lack of plot a hefty crutch upon which to navigate blindly. I may need to mull this one over a little more, but for now I can safely say the film has a lot going for it and, in it's better moments, exposes and studies the cracks in it's gaping class divide.
Fig. 1 La Haine Poster (1995) From: La Haine - Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz
Fig. 2 La Haine Screenshot (1995) From: La Haine - Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz