Hate (La Haine)(1995)

Polygram; rental pricing; R
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde and Saïd Taghmaoui

Jodie Foster's rave reviews of this powerful film prompted a U.S. presentation by the actress's own production company. Director Kassovitz, at age 25, was named Best Director at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival for this riveting tale of three teenage misfits — a Jew, an Arab and a black man — joined together in a phalanx of antisocial behavior in their rough, suburban Paris housing project. Grainy black-and-white images and a pulsing rap/reggae soundtrack emphasize a world where rioting, theft, police harassment and revenge consume the hours of the day.