Tuesday, April 13, 2021

La Haine (Hate)

La Haine (Hate) is a 1995 French film (this one I found online here with English subtitles, which is a huge help for me) in black and white. The most famous quote from the film, "Hatred breeds hatred" shows how little has changed.


Here's a screenshot with a drink in it for the T Stands for Tuesday blogger gathering:

Roger Ebert says,
“Hate” tells the story of three young men--an Arab, an African and a Jew--who spend an aimless day in a sterile Paris suburb, as social turmoil swirls around them and they eventually get into a confrontation with the police.

If France is the man falling off the building, they are the sidewalk.
Rotten Tomatoes has a critics consensus score of 100%.


Language joke, explaining why I need subtitles:

What do you call someone who speaks 3 languages? Trilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages? Bilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks one language? American.

That's me.


This is a 6-minute reflection on what the film says about violence in our society:


  1. ...hate, there just to much of it.

  2. Stark. Like Said closing his eyes, we don't want to look at what's going on around us, but we must. It's sad to think the farther we have come, very little has changed.

  3. Provocative and a bit intense. Love your language joke:):) Happy T day!

  4. There's too much hatred everywhere. I just received the newsletter of the Southern Poverty Law Center called "The Year in Hate and Extremism: 2020." It's thick.

    be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  5. This is rather appropriate after seeing the news lately, especially the last two days. We can't seem to get past the color barrier in the states and hate has become a thing to be honored by those who are fellow THUMPERS. Thanks for sharing this review, as well as the joke for T this Tuesday. I used to be bilingual, now I'm an American.

  6. I liked this film, it was different! Happy T Day, Valerie

  7. That’s a good joke, too true about hate, I never understand why people can’t just get on and live their own lives,
    Happy T day
    Jan S

  8. Yes, I am one of those one language Americans too. I know a slight slight slight bit of French. And the weird thing is, my dad was bilingual. He spoke fluent English and Swedish. But he never ever spoke Swedish around us or tried to teach us anything. Always said we were Americans and we didn't need a second language. What a viewpoint that was. Happy T day.

  9. Wow, filmed in black and white and with real news footage must add to the drama of this movie - looks intense! Have a wonderful week and wishing you a very Happy T Tuesday 😁. Hugs, Jo x

  10. Very interesting! Our darker side is very scary.

  11. Ha! I love your subtitle joke. I wish it wasn't so true. If I was in charge of education, every kid would have to take one other language straight through from kindergarten through high school.

  12. I smiled at the joke. Most native English speakers only speak English, not just the Americans. I have learnt many languages. Some I have forgotten. Now I am fluent and perfect in English and Dutch, and I am fluent (and not perfect) in Spanish, Italian and German. I used to know French, even read French books when I was in school, but I have forgotten it all.
    That film looks very intense indeed. Unfortunately there is hate everywhere. They have started rioting in Ireland again. All because of hate. Awful.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  13. Sadly too much hate in the World and too many who believe it's OK!
    Love the language joke, many folk from the UK don't think they need to learn any other languages - wrongly assuming that everyone will speak English or that all they need to do is shout or use gestures. It doesn't cost anything to learn a few phrases in any language in order to be polite. I speak French (very well I have been told - although my lack of a wide vocabulary lets me down sometimes) but also get by with German and have learnt some Italian. When we go somewhere new we both try to learn Please, Thank You and Hello. Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx