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A2 Film Studies
Morecambe Community High School
FM4: Urban Stories ­ Power, Poverty, Conflict
Case Study: La Haine (1995, France)
La Haine ( Hate) Mathieu Kassowitz, 1995
Production Companies
Cofinergie 6
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Egg Pictures
Les Productions Lazennec
Kasso Inc. Productions
La Sept Cinéma
Studio Image
Distributed by Studio Canal+
Written and Directed by Mathieu Kassowitz
Director of Photography, Pierre Aim
Editor, Mathieu Kassovitz and Scott Stevenson
Sound, Vincent Tulli
Said (Said Taghmaoui)
Vinz (Vincent Cassell)
Hubert (Hubert Kounde)
The film follows three young men and their time spent in the French suburban "ghetto," over a
span of twentyfour hours. Vinz, a Jew, Saïd, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer, have grown
up in these French suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and
oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that

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Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz
vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the beating he received while in
police custody.
DVD Sleeve Notes:
La Haine is packed with sharp street humour, intense action and brutally brilliant camera
work. Police viciously beat a 16 year old housing estate kid they are questioning, leaving him
almost dead.…read more

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The camerawork echoes the edginess of
the group.
Comment on aspects of the camerawork that you particularly notice during the
film. What gives it a documentary feel and how does the camera convey the mounting
tension between the friends and the world that they inhabit?
The film presents itself in a documentary style there is also an authentic sense of detail
which adds dimension to this particular genre.…read more

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How does the music in the film and the camerawork make the film a youth film? Is the
success of the film bound up with these two aspects?
The time span of the film is a day.…read more

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The Ticking clock?
The Opening Narration?
The homage to American culture and films
The Monochrome cinematography
The Edith Piaf / NWA Sound sequence
The Surreal cow sequence
The riot footage
The Bob Marley song Burning and Looting.…read more

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Chungking Express (Kar Wai Wong, Hong Kong, 1994)
There will be four different sections in Part A of the exam but you can ignore three of them,
you only have to answer one question and it's the one on Urban Stories. There will be two
questions and you need to choose and answer one of them.…read more

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So, for example, if you have a question about Narrative, you could have your main
paragaraphs about...
Narrative time ­ 24 hours in La Haine (and the cinematic detail of the ticking clock and
some of the rituals of the day, breakfast, buying food for lunch, night falling) 1520 years in
City of God (and the changing Mise en Scene as the favela develops, and the aging of the
characters, and the movement from dope to cocaine)...…read more

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Use of Sound
· The music that is used in the films has been well chosen to have a great impact on the
meaning and response within the films, linking in to the social and historical context as well
as informing the audience about the characters .. write about music's emotional impact.
· Within Tsotsi, Kwaito music is consistently used within the film: this is a South African
comparison to hip hop presenting ideas of poverty and repression.…read more

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· At the beginning of City of God we hear a knife being sharpened which separates the
sound of people drinking, dancing and laughing. This is illustrative of the mixture of danger
within the celebrative place that Brazil is with its carnivals and tropical weather.…read more

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In La Haine the contrast of the city of Paris and the suburbs or banlieues is quite clear,
not only in the streets and attitudes of the police but also in the living conditions of the
habitants. Vinz's house where he shares a bedroom with his sister can be seen in great
contrast to the huge flat that Asterix is living in.…read more


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