Starkly shot in black and white to show a Paris not on any map, the film deals with Frances intolerance towards outsiders. After local youth Adel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. La Haine follows vinz, Hubert and said, three young men trapped in the Parisian economic, ethnic and social underclass.
Watching the film, what really stood out to me was the way the film shot-
-Being wholly in black and white
-The way the characters were introduced
-The way segments and time was split (using subheadings)
-The fluidity of the film is almost seamless
-Individual scenes of the characters
The film shows power, poverty and conflict within the estate of Paris:
-The police have more power
-The gun gives vinz power.
-Being with each other gives them power and resistance: On the rooftop against the police, in the art gallery against the rich guy, against the skinheads.
- The drugs give them a level of power
- Saids brother has a lot of power.
-Between the police
-Between one another and their conflicting ideals- Vinz: Depravity, Said: Innocence, Hurberg: The morality
- There is conflict between those in the upper class and the lower class
-Gender conflict as well (The sister, The grandma, the other sister, the women in the art gallery)
-Shows the hostility that ferments in the estate
They can’t afford things like schoolbooks, food, and running a gym
-Rely on drugs to get money
-Contrasted in the art gallery
-We see the rich apartment that reflects the wealthy part in Paris
- Those of ethnic minority are living in the poorest sections, like in The City of God they are pushed to the outskirts in order to keep the image of wealth
Comparing it to The City of God and Ameros Perros there a similarities and differences:
-Ameros Perros: They both show aspects of three stories and lives.
- All Location filming
- All set in big cities