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When he was just twenty-nine years old, Mathieu Kassovitz took the international film world by storm with La Haine (Hate), a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically in the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social marginalization slowly simmering until they reach a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, La Haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country’s ongoing identity crisis.

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Special Features New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mathieu Kassovitz New English-language audio commentary by Kassovitz Video introduction by Jodie Foster Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 track Ten Years of “La haine,” a new documentary that brings together key cast and crew a decade after the film’s landmark release New video featurette on the film’s banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum Behind-the-scenes footage shot during the film’s production Deleted and extended scenes, each featuring a new video afterword by Kassovitz Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos Theatrical trailers New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and an appreciation by acclaimed filmmaker Costa-Gavras

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