This evening, the nervous candidates awaited the results as to who will run our universities students union next year. Their campaigns were fierce, their ideas fresh and new, each candidate offered a way to make our university experience next year as great as it possibly can be.
So, from all of us here at The Rabbit Film Section, congratulations to everyone who took part in the election, and well done to those who successfully won enough votes from us, your students.
The events of the last couple of weeks have reminded this Film Section of one particular classic French film, ‘La Haine’, which was released in 1995. A film which follows the outsiders of life, who live in the Banlieue’s, the poverty stricken areas of Paris. A daring, bold film directed by Matthieu Kassovitz and starring Vincent Cassel, Said Taghmaoui and Hubert Kounde.
Filmed in black and white, it was a film of two halves. A film of the night and of the day. We saw the real Paris, the gritty, reality of living in it’s banlieues.
Amongst the famous cinematography and established director, the film has some famous quotes.
“The World is Ours”
It certainly is for the candidates and indeed, every student studying at our university.
Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor
Words by Naomi Jeffreys
“Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good… so far so good… so far so good. How you fall doesn’t matter. It’s how you land!” La Haine, Hubert
Every once in a while, career defining films are made, films which push the boundaries, films which push expectations – and films which become classics.
La Haine was a French independent film, which was made in 1995, directed by actor turned director, Mathieu Kassovitz (Amelie). And starred Saïd Taghmaoui (My Brother the Devil), Hubert Koundé (The Constant Gardener) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan)
The film had a reasonable budget of €2,590,000, the film grossed $309,811 dollars. It has since become a classic, a staple of French and worldwide cinema. With its gritty themes, clever cinematography and strong social/political message. This is a film which deserves to be watched.
‘Wendy Ide of The Times stated that La Haine is “One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made.”‘ And, based on fourteen reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 100%, with an average score of 8/10.
Clearly this is a film which has heart, determination, a point. The Rabbit Film Section urges you to watch this film, if just to watch a piece of cinema history.