La haine-Mathieu Kassovitz
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When we, in 2015, see Mathieu Kassovitz in a panel show (Bouillon de Culture) back in 1995 wearing a baseball hat incorporating a cannabis leaf http://www.ina.fr/video/I06103277 we are perhaps shocked at the youthfulness of the director of a film which has remained an icon of French cinema for the past 20 years. Even more shocking perhaps is the fact that the types of events portrayed seem to keep happening; the film has been to some extent prophetic of the way French society was to develop.
Following a few short films, Kassovitz made Métisse (also known as Café au lait), a feature length comedy before La haine. It incorporated not only several of the same actors but also many of the themes which would be taken up by the more celebrated film.
Kassovitz was so insensed at the death of a young African in police custody that he started writing the script for what was to become La haine on the spot. Funding was obtained from Lazenec productions rather than through more official channels which would have assured income in anticipation of profits. A carefully planned production process began, culminating in shooting in a suburban town Canteloup les Vignes and in Paris itself. The ethnically varied trio of Vinz (Jewish background), Saïd (Maghrébin background) and Hubert (African background) play out an intense drama, half in the banlieue town and half in Paris. The film intersperses fast-moving dramatic action with leisurely periods of joke-telling and playing with language as it careers into its final cataclysmic scene.
From the cinematic point of view there is a huge amount to comment on and the characters themselves are individual enough to provoke lively discussion about motivations and ethics.
With La haine having been such a success, it is a huge shame that Kassovitz has not yet produced an equally substantial follow up.
Contents of the unit
Linguascope copy master book (Glover 2010)
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Cinema plus materials
Powerpoint tracing life of direct with links to relevant works online
Detailed scene by scene questions
Fully transcribed script (which differs significantly from original scénario
Essay planning materials with marked up exemplar from the relevant boards (WJEC, Edexcel, AQA)
Quotations on range of themes with interactive exercises to assist learning
Sentence level, paragraph level and full essay planning tools
Summary with gaps of other film related to main film studied (see below).
Links to additional web based materials.
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