La Haine: Students’ analyses

Final Scene
The scene I am going to be analysing is the final scene where Vinz has a tussle ...
Opening sequence
The opening sequence of La Haine portrays a realistic approach to the political and social
conditions of ...
feelings towards their situation, thus infers a level of closeness of peer protection within
that community.
By Rebecca Le...
Scene: Said calling for Vinz outside his flat

High angle shot of Said calling up to Vinz by
telling his sister to wake hi...
Final scene
The scene I am going to analyse is the ending scene of the film La Haine (Mathieu Kassowitz,
1995). In the beg...
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  1. 1. La Haine: Students’ analyses Final Scene The scene I am going to be analysing is the final scene where Vinz has a tussle with a police officer and gets shot in the face then Hubert advances on the cop with their guns pointing towards each other as said looks in horror as gunfire is heard. This scene is full of suspense and tension. It starts off with Vinz handing his gun to Hubert to get rid of. Throughout the film Hubert is always trying to reject crime as a way of life and he tries not to use violence to get accepted in society he is the good character of the three teenagers. Whereas the other two protagonists, Vinz and Said, take different approaches then Hubert and try to live the life of crime and violence. At the end of the film Vinz listens to Hubert and is trying to reject crime and violence by handing Hubert the gun but as we know in urban crime films it’s not always as easy as that as characters who try to escape from the ghetto life often get stopped from doing so by things out of their control. For example in this scene Hubert is retaliating with the police officer for murdering his friend. The sounds which are significant in this scene are two diegetic gunshots. First one coming from where the police officer shoots Vinz and the second we do not see who gets shot either Hubert or the police officer. The significance of the gunshot sound is that we expect to see it in an urban crime film and it is a key convention. The director added these into the scene to create suspense and add tension. Another key sound used is the clock ticking when Hubert and the police officer are head to head with their guns pointing to each other. When we get to the final time shot, the clock moves from 6:00 to 6:01, almost as if we are now in the present time. With the ticking of the clock carrying on through the confrontation it shows that it is the present time and represents this is what is happening at the moment and that will continue to happen in the banlieue. In conclusion, the final scene is filled with suspense and tension and it shows how the three protagonists try to reject the life of crime but when they are trying to do so it’s not as easy as they think and face problems which are out of their control. At the end of the film we ask ourselves if the two remaining protagonists get out of the banlieue or carry on with their struggle? By Ahmed Ali
  2. 2. Opening sequence The opening sequence of La Haine portrays a realistic approach to the political and social conditions of France, through a variety of elements. The sequence suggests that the film is trying to convey a message in response to the riots which happened in France. It is set around the suburbs of France also known as ‘banlieues’, areas around the country with council estates representing, poverty, crime, violence and conflict, these run down settings suggest, a sense of realism. The real footage at the start of clip creates a sense of realism as the audience are able to see the riots before the narrative of the film starts conveying the film was not produced purely for entertainment purposes but there is a serious message. Also the director says ‘dedicated to those who died during the making of this film’ and the audience immediately connect the film to reality and the political issues that may have risen in France during the making the film. The use of the footage of the riots confirms to the audience that the issue lies between the youth of France and the police. The use of the 1996 footage of the riots combined with Bob Marley’s song burnin’ and lootin’ generates the message about the riots through the song ‘woke up in a curfew, oh god I was a prisoner too’. The lyrics and the clips mirror one another as Bob Marley sings this lyric; a medium shot of the police is shown as they put up barriers around their car windows. The footage gives the film, a documentary type feel conveying a sense of realism; however the song defies this and gives the film a more cinematic feel. The use of black and white throughout the film as well as the opening sequence gives the film a historical look, and is also educating the audience about France and its riots. As the news report is shown the use of the black background and white text for the word ‘banlieues’ strikes out to the audiences and may convey that people who live in these areas are lower down and the cause of the riots. This presents a social hierarchy within France. By ZobiaHaroon F**k the Police Music Scene. I feel that this short scene is quite fundamental to the film as it gives an establishing shot of the banlieues and the diversity of the community. The music playing is a strong representation of the themes of the film. The song being remixed (entitled F**k the police) is played out of the DJ’s window with a speaker loud enough to ensure the whole neighbourhood can hear. Not only does this choice of music support the messages of the film, it also infers the opinion of the entire community re-enforcing the ideas of police brutality and racism. This scene gives a sense of unity within the banlieues; even though the area has so many different cultures this scene suggests that they are all unified in their
  3. 3. feelings towards their situation, thus infers a level of closeness of peer protection within that community. By Rebecca Levy Opening scene In the starting scene, there is use of non-diegetic music. The music is also contrapuntal because it does not 'fit' with the scene and images that are being presented. The music is upbeat and cheerful, whereas in the scene people are rioting and causing chaos. Moreover the lyrics in the song matches the riot; words like: "Prisoner, uniforms of brutality, burning, looting, weeping, suffering pollution". These words are from a sematic field that can be associated with violent public disturbances. There is a close-up on a officer's weapon suggesting how violent the riot may be. There is also a panning shot used; first showing the police standing still and in line with their armour and then panning onto the rioters who are separated, moving very vigorously and some are dancing to mock the police. There is also a POV shot used when the police are matching towards the rioters. This shows the scene to the audience as a character would see, making the audience feel involved. There is also use of a low-angle shot on a rioter who is being dragged along the street by officers. The use of the low-angle shot makes the rioter look helpless and weak. There are also many medium shots used showing peeple taking pictures during the riots. These people could be reporters intending publish articles on the riots to send out messages about what happened. There is also a zoom-out shot used when the rioters are running aggressively towards the police. This gives the effect of the rioters running towards the audience. Furthermore there is a over-the-shoulder shot used; showing all the officers standing together like soldiers and giving the impression of going to war. The news report is used as a narrative device; stating that the riots sparked two days ago and about the victim Abdel who was severely beaten and the officer accused was just dismissed. The digital clock appears in white against a black background and giving the impression of a countdown to a revolution. By ArifRahman
  4. 4. Scene: Said calling for Vinz outside his flat High angle shot of Said calling up to Vinz by telling his sister to wake him up. The camera cuts to an older man who lives on the opposite side shouting down to Said at a high angle telling him to be quiet. This shows the conflict between the characters and how the younger generation does not show the older generation much respect. A cut from this dream scene to a close wide shot of Vinz is then shown with the diegetic sound of dogs barking outside which could also show the audience that to Vinz this is what Said sounded like when he was shouting for him. Once Vinz is sat up on his bed the camera pans left showing the audience the layout and content of the room and this is so that Analysis of a scene in La Haine (homework) they can see what kind of character he is. We see posters of women and wrestlers on the wall suggesting a typical masculine man. By Numra Tariq We cross cut to a long show of Vinz dancing which we believe is in his dream. The diegetic loud music of a happy celebration reinforces the fact that he is dreaming because there does not look like there is anything to celebrate about. The camera then crash zooms from the door to Vinz's ring which is used for the audience to be able to identify the character which is why this technique has been used so that the audience knows it is an important piece of information to remember. This would also tell the audience that if the film was not French then by just looking at it could be any mainstream Hollywood movie.
  5. 5. Final scene The scene I am going to analyse is the ending scene of the film La Haine (Mathieu Kassowitz, 1995). In the beginning of the scene, the camera gives us a longshot of the protagonists pulling the gang members body into the room, this shows the audience a view of what is going on in the distance. The scene then progresses further, and we see that the gangmember the protagonists have pulled into the room has been thrown onto the bed, Vinz, one of the protagonists, pulls out a gun, it is here we see a point of view shot from the gangmember. The gun in question is also out of focus to show the character is focusing on the conversation between the two men that stand before him. The scene cuts to a high angle tilting down on the gang member to make him look inferior, he has blood on his face and his expression shows exasperation and fear which all ties in with the fact he is helpless in his situation. A close up shot of the gang member reveals his emotion that is shown throught his expression, his eyes are squinted and his teeth are clenched, we can see this clearly because of the close up on it, it adds to the effect on the audience of his fear of Vinz and Hubert. Furthermore, there is also an extreme close up on Vinz’s expression aswell, to show his distaste in what he is doing, the audience is given a clear message on Vinz’s viewpoint on trying to shoot the gang member. Afterwards a shot reverse shot is used to show the gun in vinz hand and the fearful expression on the gangmenbers face, the scene then cuts to a wide shot of the characters after the moment that just passed, Vinz is shown to be retching whilst the others look on, it gives the audience an impression of what is going on fully in the scene, and also as to what Said is doing, as he is not present in the tense minute where Vinz was going to shoot the gang member. The scene progresses completley to a different location where they boys are now on a train, in this scene the camera tracks forwards to show the train is moving forwards, there is then a cut to a long shot of the boys at the back of the train, looking In different directions to connote their different hopes and directions in life. The scene cuts to another location again, where we see the boys together, represented in a close up, the close up connotes their togetherness, as Said says ‘see ya tomorrow’ (as show in screencap), the director foreshadows the point that this is the last time infact they will be together, and this is reinforced by the close up shot. In conclusion, this scene provides a variety of different locations in which the boys have gone which may symbolise their ‘journey’ in life, and foreshadows that it may come to and end. By Nazrana Munsif