Mad As A Wet Haine

Matthieu Kassovitz' 1995 film La Haine is sort of hard to watch, but it's even harder to muddle your way through the world without it. In the hardheaded look at the unhappy world of Paris banlieu life, suburban means gritty, ugly, and tough. And racist, everybody's racist. France remains in the grip of an identity crisis, which basically involves the equation Frenchness = whiteness. But then what about all these other people who live in France? They work, and pay taxes, and read the paper, and fight in the military, but they're "not French." Oh, and they're not innocent, either. America, does this sound at all familiar to you?
Wed., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., 2008

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