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‘Gagarine’ Filmmakers Bring Humanity to Depiction of Life in Banlieue

It’s been 25 years since “La Haine” made the banlieue a staple of French cinema. On the back of Mathieu Kassovitz’s cinematic Molotov cocktail, movies such as “Girlhood,” “Divines,” “Cuties” and “Les Miserables” have made the concrete jungles on the outskirts of Paris a haven for cineastes. But none of them are quite like Fanny […]

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The Quarantine Stream: ‘La Haine’ is a Racially Charged Classic More Relevant Now Than Ever

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.) The Movie: La Haine Where You Can Stream It: Kanopy The Pitch: A a trio of friends wander aimlessly through the French suburbs, distracting themselves from the cycles of poverty and […]

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How La Haine lit a fire under French society

It was the swaggering black-and-white drama that exposed the cracks in an unequal France. Twenty-five years later, its director Mathieu Kassovitz wonders what has changedEven the wrong question points to the truth. When, in June 1995, Paris’s eastern suburb of Noisy-le-Grand began rioting after the death of a 21-year-old French-Arab in a police chase, politicians […]

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