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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's about a guy falling from a 50-story building. As he falls, he tries to reassure himself by repeating: "Jusqu'ici tout va bien... jusqu'ici, tout va bien... jusqu'ici, tout va bien." [[labelnote:translation]]"So far, so good." ("Until here, all goes well", [[BlindIdiotTranslation literally]])[[/labelnote]]. [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou It's not the fall that matters. It's the landing.]]"'']]˛˛->'''Vinz:''' Who made you a preacher? You know what's right and wrong? Why do you side with the assholes?\˛'''Hubert:''' Who's the asshole? If you had stayed in school, you'd know that hate breeds hate, Vinz.˛˛''La Haine'' (English: "''Hate''") is a 1995 [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black-and-white]] French movie, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and set in the modern-day slums at the north of Paris -- more precisely, in [[{{Gangsterland}} Seine-Saint-Denis]] (aka "93" or "neuf-trois" from its department number).˛˛The film starts the morning after a riot ensues in the slums following the beating and arrest of a young Arab named Abdel Ichacha, and centers around a trio of ''banlieusards''[[note]]suburbanites[[/note]] that are friends of Abdel's -- [[TheMcCoy Vinz]] (Creator/VincentCassel), a hot-headed Jew; [[TheKirk Saïd]] (Creator/SaidTaghmaoui), a wisecracking graffiti artist Beur[[note]] The term Beur is slang meaning any French-born descendant of North African immigrants.[[/note]]; and [[TheSpock Hubert]] (Hubert Koundé), the oldest and wisest of the three, who is black.˛˛Taking place over roughly the next 24 hours, the group tries to come to grips with their anger over Abdel's predicament while wandering through aimless lives filled with prejudice and profiling, with Vinz harboring an extreme desire for revenge. When news breaks that a cop lost their handgun in the riot, a series of events unfold against a cultural backdrop of unending tension between the police and the people that reaches a climactic and intense boiling point.˛----˛!!''La Haine'' contains examples of:˛* AntiHero: Vinz. Although at times, he dangerously borders on villain, given that he seems to enjoy his crimes at times. And he can be a very nasty prick to everyone around him. ˛* TheBadGuysAreCops: Played with. All of the police In-Universe are [[BadCopIncompetentCop corrupt, abusive, or just plain useless]], but as Hubert points out, they're not all bad, particularly when contrasted with the neo-Nazi skinheads that the boys also tussle with. Just as [[PayEvilUntoEvil aspirational cop killer]] Vinz is becoming convinced of this, [[spoiler: he's killed by a cop.]] Come to your own conclusions. To be fair, it's not all cops who are corrupt in this movie. The main corrupt cops are the ones who shot the gang's friend years back, and the small group who interrogates Hubert and Sayid. The rest are mostly just trying to do their job.˛* BlownAcrossTheRoom: [[spoiler:Two police officers is blown back into a window when being shot during one of Vinz's {{Imagine Spot}}s.]]˛* BolivianArmyEnding: The film ends with a standoff between a main character and a cop, each pointing a gun at someone's head. [[spoiler:The camera pans away, there's a gunshot, and the film ends.]]˛* BookEnds:˛** The first "non-archive footage" image is Saïd opening his eyes to the sound of a gunshot. The last image is Saïd closing his eyes to the sound of a gunshot.˛** The first and last lines is a narration from Hubert, remarking that it's {{not the fall that kills you}}, even when something or someone tries to calm oneself.˛* ChekhovsGun: The entire movie has the viewer wondering if, or when, the police gun that Vinz found will go off. [[spoiler: Subverted in that Vinz never shoots the gun, but he is shot and killed by someone else. And most likely Hubert, who tries the whole movie to prevent Vinz from acting, did shoot the gun.]]˛* CloudCuckoolander: Vinz is prone to flights of fantasy.˛* CopKiller: Vinz makes it his primary goal to kill a cop with the lost handgun if Abdel dies, much to the dislike of Hubert, who's also critical of Vinz's blanket resentment towards the police. [[spoiler:Moments after Abdel is declared dead on the news, he approaches two cops...[[SubvertedTrope and merely]] [[ImagineSpot imagines killing them]] with a FingerGun]].˛* CrapsackWorld: The Yvelines (suburbs to the west of Paris) are depicted as this.˛* CreatorCameo: Director Mathieu Kassovitz briefly appears as the skinhead that [[spoiler: Vinz intends to shoot]].˛* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Originally filmed in color, changed in post-production by Kassovitz himself.˛** WhatCouldHaveBeen: A color re-release was planned in case the original release flopped.˛* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Vinz dies a pointless, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace completely accidental]] death at the hands of a plainclothes officer, a microcosm for the wider downward spiral of French society through hostility into meaningless violence. This leads to a MexicanStandoff between him and Hubert. While it's not made clear who was on the receiving end of the single gunshot we hear, it's evident that someone has died for no substantial reason]].˛* DramaticGunCock: Vinz does this on the skinhead.˛* EvenEvilHasStandards: Applies to Vinz; while he has JerkAss tendencies, he respects his mother and takes "Honor thy mother and father" very seriously, like his friends.˛* EvilCounterpart: Both the aggressive plainclothes cop in the woolly hat and Vinz seem to regard each other as being this. They are both always itching for confrontation: the cop can't resist taunting the residents of the estate and has to be continually restrained by his colleagues. [[spoiler: In the end, it's this cop who will accidentally kill Vinz.]]˛* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The movie takes place over the course of less than one day.˛* {{Facecam}}: Camera mounted on a car that drives Vinz around.˛* FalseRoulette: Astérix makes fun of Vinz by playing this trick on him, freaking him alongside Saïd and Hubert out.˛* FingerGun: Vinz uses one to pretend-kill various people and animals throughout the movie, [[spoiler:likely indicative of his being truly unable to commit actual murder]].˛* FreezeFrameBonus: [[spoiler:If one looks closely during Vinz's CopKiller ImagineSpot, they might find that [[FingerFirearms his hand looks as if it has been fused with a gun]].˛* GayMoment: Although jokingly in a rather anti-gay movie. Vinz gives Sayid a haircut for a date with his girl. He hates the cut. To bother him, Vinz asks Sayid to kiss him, to which Sayid tells him off.˛* HesGotAWeapon: Vinz makes quite an impression with the gun he found.˛* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: [[spoiler:In the end, a plainclothes officer's gun -- which had been pointed flippantly at Vinz's head -- goes off by accident, killing him instantly.]]˛* ImagineSpot: Vinz has several, seeing cows on the street. Another one involves a police officer being BlownAcrossTheRoom.˛* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Example 2 in the United States. It was promoted as ''Creator/JodieFoster Presents Hate'' (the actress' praise of the film was responsible for Gramercy picking up the domestic rights).˛* ItWasHereISwear: Vinz, after one of his {{Imagine Spot}}s, trying to convince Saïd that there was a cow crossing the street.˛* JerkAss: Almost everyone in this movies fits that trope. It's what makes this so uncomfortable to watch. Even Hubert at times is like this. Although justified in a lot of cases, especially when Vinz makes him nervous.˛* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As unlikable as Vinz can be, he's very loyal to his friends.˛* MexicanStandoff: The last scene where Hubert [[spoiler: and the policeman are pointing guns at each other. At least one person dies]].˛* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: The central motif of the film, centering around a story about a man who falls from the top of a building, repeating "''Jusqu'ici, tout va bien''" ("So far, so good", or "Up to here, all goes well"), with the added note that the fall is meaningless except for its preceding the landing.˛* PayEvilUntoEvil: To quote the "Fresh" trope, some of the villains in this movie are truly nasty human beings. And Vinz desires to give them nasty ends.˛* PoliceBrutality: A particularly brutal vicious circle relationship between the Paris police and a group of teenage thugs from the local banlieues. The police raid the deprived banlieues, the people who live there fight back, which means the police crack down harder on the area, which means the people start rioting...[[spoiler:It eventually culminates in the police shooting an unarmed teenage boy, and one officer and the boy's best friend holding guns to each other's heads. And then the screen goes to black and a single gunshot is heard. End of film.]] ˛* ARealManIsAKiller: Vinz thinks so, at first.˛* RecklessGunUsage: It's this on the part of a cop that ends up killing [[spoiler: Vinz.]]˛* ShaggyDogStory: The three pals can't make any sense of the old man's story about what happened to him on the way to Siberia.˛* SilentCredits: The impact of the last scene is enhanced by having the end credits roll without a sound.˛* SittingOnTheRoof: Sitting and barbecuing.˛* TitleDrop: Hubert says "La haine attire la haine!" ("Hatred breeds hatred") ˛* UntranslatedTitle˛* VertigoEffect: In a scene half-way through the movie, the three stand on a bridge or rooftop, and the street behind them goes through the Vertigo Effect.˛* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: Where did that Cow come from? Where did she go?˛** Arguably RuleOfSymbolism: The police used to be referred to as 'les vaches' (cows) in France. So it's foreshadowing and a possible hallucination by Vinz - there are a number of unexplained instances of this, e.g. when he [[spoiler: 'shoots' the police officer in the train station.]]˛* WireDilemma: After breaking into a car, the three have no idea how to short-circuit the starter. Cue the Police.˛* WrongSideOfTheTracks: The movie follows three kids from the ''wrong side''.˛* YouTalkinToMe: Reenacted by Vinz.˛----


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