Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with "Hate," a gritty, unsettling and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on the outskirts of Paris. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Kounde) and Said (Said Taghmaoui) - a Jew, an African and an Arab - give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, "Hate" is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country's ongoing identity crisis.
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