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La Haine review

Nearly 10 years on, Mathieu Kassovitz's agitprop masterpiece - re-released with new subtitles - remains as provocative as a petrol bomb. Set in a housing project that's a million miles away from Amélie's Disney-fied Montmartre, La Haine follows three friends and a stolen gun for 24 hours in a post-race-riot Paris. Kassovitz (who went on to direct Gothika - go figure) shoots in powerful black and white and scores his characters' growing frustration to pounding hip-hop beats. This is the best urban angst flick since Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.

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