La Haine

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Here is a full mindmap of everything associated with La Haine. It is a constant work in progress in which new things will be added every few days.

It is a colour coded, character, and theme analysis. If there's anything else I ought to add, don't hesitate to mention it in the comments (e.g. more quotes/ clearer evaluation of certain points.)

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  • Created by: Jamal
  • Created on: 28-05-13 14:30
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  • La Haine
    • Themes
      • Irony
        • Vinz starts off immature and arrogant yet dies as soon as he grows up and learns to forgive
        • Hubert seeing the syringes on the floor and above him a sign says "L'avenir c'est nous"
          • Poverty
          • The future in the banlieue is not bright
            • Nobody is willing to do anything to help the situation in the banlieue
              • Conservateur de la galerie d'art: *after escorting Vinz, Said and Hubertout of the galerie* C'est la banlieue *shrugs*
      • Poverty
      • Power
        • The gun's influence
          • Symbolism
            • Hubert seeing the syringes on the floor and above him a sign says "L'avenir c'est nous"
              • The future in the banlieue is not bright
                • Nobody is willing to do anything to help the situation in the banlieue
                  • Conservateur de la galerie d'art: *after escorting Vinz, Said and Hubertout of the galerie* C'est la banlieue *shrugs*
            • The molotov cocktal falling to the earth
              • Hubert: Jusqu'ici tout va bien
                • The protagonists are not going anywhere in life, they are "falling" but onle moment "the landing" changes their lives forever
                  • Vinz's death
                  • Abdel's death
                  • Hubert's possible death
              • Hubert: Mais l'imporant c'est pas la chute, c'est l'atterrissage
                • The protagonists are not going anywhere in life, they are "falling" but onle moment "the landing" changes their lives forever
                  • Vinz's death
                  • Abdel's death
                  • Hubert's possible death
            • The bathroom  mirrors
              • Vinz sees himself as a gangster Travis Bickle
                • Show us how Vina and Said wish to see themselves
                  • Hubert never does this
              • Said  sees himself as some sort of mobster
                • Show us how Vina and Said wish to see themselves
                  • Hubert never does this
          • The gun symbolises power
          • Some scene transitions resemble a gunshot - flash and bang
          • Dolly shot to Vinz's gun resembles travelling down the barrel of a gun
        • Vinz's desire for power is a cause for his anger to the police and authority
          • The gun's influence
            • Symbolism
              • The molotov cocktal falling to the earth
                • Hubert: Jusqu'ici tout va bien
                  • Hubert: Mais l'imporant c'est pas la chute, c'est l'atterrissage
                  • The bathroom  mirrors
                    • Vinz sees himself as a gangster Travis Bickle
                      • Said  sees himself as some sort of mobster
                    • The gun symbolises power
                    • Some scene transitions resemble a gunshot - flash and bang
                    • Dolly shot to Vinz's gun resembles travelling down the barrel of a gun
                  • Argument with Asterix
                  • Argument in the hospital
                  • Hostility to  Officer Samir
                • Corrupt policemen exercise their power over others
                  • Notre Dame policeman who brandishes his gun at Vinz then accidentally shoots him
                    • Power causes harm
              • The importance of time
                • Many scene changes are shown via a screen displaying the time
              • Fantasy
                • Vinz's Cow
                  • Reminds us that La Haine not real like a documentary of banlieue life
            • Cultural references
              • The scene in Paris where the 3 protagonists debate Hercules and Roadrunner
              • Scarface
                • Example of how the children of this generation are so influenced by television film and other people
                  • Taxi Driver
                    • Shown through Vinz
                      • Vinz in the cinema is reminiscent of Travis Bickle in the cinema
                      • Vinz's idea of vigilante justice is the same as that of Travis Bickle
                        • Vinz wishes to kill a police officer like Travis Bickle wished to kill Palantine and Iris' pimp
                      • Vinz: C'est à moi que tu parles?
                  • The scene in Paris where the 3 protagonists debate Hercules and Roadrunner
                  • The child sitting next to Vinz in the cinema copies his actions - smoking and imitating the pistol
                  • Said tries to switch off the Eiffel Tower by clicking his fingers
                • Shown through Said
                  • Said is a "drug businessman" Very money-minded
                    • Goes to Paris to get money from Asterix
                      • Vinz: Tout de ce merde pour cinqcent francs?   Said: C'est pas pour l'argent, c'est le principe
                    • Refuses to give to beggar woman
                      • Said:  Vas-y fais travail comme tout le monde!
              • Taxi Driver
                • Shown through Vinz
                  • Vinz in the cinema is reminiscent of Travis Bickle in the cinema
                  • Vinz's idea of vigilante justice is the same as that of Travis Bickle
                    • Vinz wishes to kill a police officer like Travis Bickle wished to kill Palantine and Iris' pimp
                  • Vinz: C'est à moi que tu parles?
              • When the black girl at the art gallery asks Hubert "On s'est pas dejà amis de quelque part?" It is a reference to a film that the two starred in called Métisse
                • Also directed by Kasovitz
            • Characters
              • Vinz
                • Aggressive
                  • Could be a representation of August Blanqui
                    • Auguste Blanqui was French socialist who advocated for "Revolutionary Socialism"
                  • Tries to justify his actions
                    • His reason to kill a police officer is so that he may avenge Abdel.
                      • It is hinted that that Vinz is not actually friends with Abdel  nor does he know Abdel particularly well
                        • Vinz: Moi au moins quand un frère se fait buter je vais au combat  Said: Un frère? D'où un frère?
                        • Said is the closest to Abdel because he  knows Abdel's brother
                • Could be a representation of August Blanqui
                  • Auguste Blanqui was French socialist who advocated for "Revolutionary Socialism"
                • Bildungsroman character
              • Hubert
                • Pacifist
                  • Could be a representation of Comte De Saint Simon
                    • Comte De Saint Simon was a French socialist who advocated for "Utopian Socialism"
                      • He beleived this having witnessed so much unnecessary death during the French Revolution
                        • Hubert like Saint Simon sees the dark side of violence and does not want to cause unnecessary harm
                          • Pacifist
                            • Could be a representation of Comte De Saint Simon
                              • Comte De Saint Simon was a French socialist who advocated for "Utopian Socialism"
                                • He beleived this having witnessed so much unnecessary death during the French Revolution
                                  • Hubert like Saint Simon sees the dark side of violence and does not want to cause unnecessary harm
                                    • Hubert: La haine attire la haine!
                                    • Hubert 's brother Max is in prison
                                      • Hubert likens Vinz to Max
                                        • Hubert: Il est en train de déconner comme Max
                                          • Hubert gets angry with Vinz because really does care about Vinz and does not want Vinz to end up in jail like Max
                                • Hubert remained silent having punched the police officer
                            • Hubert: La haine attire la haine!
                            • Hubert 's brother Max is in prison
                              • Hubert likens Vinz to Max
                                • Hubert: Il est en train de déconner comme Max
                                  • Hubert gets angry with Vinz because really does care about Vinz and does not want Vinz to end up in jail like Max
                        • Hubert remained silent having punched the police officer
                    • Narrator of the film
                  • Said
                    • Childish
                      • Lives in a fantasy world where he is not to blame for his wrongdoings
                        • Denies stealing the merguez from Cuistot
                          • Said: *With his mouth full* Tu ments!
                        • Denies shoplifting from the convenience store
                          • Le commerçant : Je t'ai vu!  Said: T'a vu quoi?
                        • Throws stones at Sam and denies doing so
                          • Sam: C'est bon Said, arrètes!  Said: C'est pas moi
                        • Said tells the others a story about a sexual encounter in the children's playground but the others don't believe him
                          • Said  is a social outcast and because of this he tries to make himself seem cooler and more rebellious by stealing/ throwing rocks at others/ making up stories etc
                            • Vinz is similar
                              • Vinz lies to the others about driving around with some girl in Israel in a Mercedes
                      • Craves attention
                        • Repeats himself  when telling Vinz anout the man who would kill his friend for free
                          • Said: C'est  pas mortel comme phrase ça?
                        • Throws stones at Sam and denies doing so
                          • Sam: C'est bon Said, arrètes!  Said: C'est pas moi
                    • Often acts as the mediator between Vinz and Hubert
                      • Asks Hubert not to leave after he and Vinz argue because Vinz brought a gun to the hospital
                        • Said: *Pleadingly* Viens Hubert! Arrète Hubert!
                      • Provides comic relief when Vinz and Hubert argue in the toilet
                        • Dans déconner  on aurait dit un mélange de Moise et de Bernard Tapie à la façon dont  tu viens de parler
                    • Possibly the person from whose perspective the story is told
                      • The film starts and end with a close up of him opening and closing his eyes
                      • The only character who definitely does not die
                    • Spectator

              Comments

              maria

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              Fantastic! 

              the best mind map i have seen for la haine yet, thanks so much!

              Leah A

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              This is a La Haine goldmine! Thank you for this! Helps with my film studies and french exam revision! 

              yosofrek

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              Great, should make some more developing on each theme, character.... It would be very useful. Anyways it is a great resource!

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