Set in the Parisien projects, Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine shows us a day in the life of three youths (Saïd, Vinz, and Hubert — all of different ethnicities) as they hurdle the repercussions of the community’s riots against the local police from the night before.

To dig into what makes this film such a timeless class, I’ll focus mostly on Kassovitz’s use of dialogue, camera work, and locations to encapsulate the lifestyle these characters are exposed to.

Disclaimer: This delves into almost everything that happens, so that’s your spoiler warning. …

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