Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui
Although urban cinema was born in the United States with classics like Boyz n the Hood and Juice, the French quickly caught up with its competition with Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine. This black-and-white drama depicts 19 hours in the life of three young friends (Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, and Saïd Taghmaoui) living in the Parisian banlieue.
The film perfectly balances between drama, comedy, suspense and what is a French film if it's not making some commentary on the state of France's social politics with mind-blowing cinematography. Hollywood may have taken over the world of cinema for nearly a century now, but the French still have that artistic and intellectual touch that nobody else can get close to. —VC