#225: La Haine (1995)

When and how did I watch this?

September 24th, 2015, on Hulu Plus.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Another foreign film I’d never heard of.

What do I know about it now?

19 hours of wandering, pointless and poignant discussions, and brutal internal struggle. At the start, the film seemed to resort to numerous urban cliches, but as it carried on, I soon forgot about those cliches because they were so deeply interwoven into the characters and their environments.  While the language and behavior often rattled me, I was both sympathetic and angry at what was occurring: meandering inner-city shenanigans, strife with police, and an inevitable twist of fate.  I will be long to forget this film.

What are some themes in the film?

Despair, violence, class warfare, racism, corruption.

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  I had difficulty catching my breath for a while at the end of it.

Why is this ranked #225?

Anyone with ears and eyes would see this is worthy of a higher ranking.  I’m not sure why it isn’t.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She did, but she felt like “vomiting” often because of how much tension is in this one.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

Please do.  You’ll remember that perhaps you don’t have it so bad, or that you’re not as dumb as these guys are at times. You’ll also gain an understanding of French society that is over our heads and far more divisive than we’d like to think the United States really is.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

It’s on this list; it should be on several others. It won Best Picture in France, and with good reason.

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