Cultural Themes In La Haine

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“La Haine” explores the themes of how cultural diaspora would affect the shape of identity. Identity reflects how the ever-changing society would affect an individual’s development, and it would never be completely set in stone. Director Mathieu Kassovitz sets out to capture how the remains of the empire is still apparent in societies with prominent cultural diaspora. Even today, it is being talked about, when it comes to the presence of the migrants. According to Paul A. Silverstein and Chantal Tetreault of “Post colonial Urban Apartheid,” the urban planners sought to “de-concentrate white urban poverty from city centers,” which in theory would have seemed to benefit the cosmopolitan area, so there was a rise of the suburban areas and more …show more content…
The lost magnum that Vinz finds turns out to be an important element that represents a sense of authority. It is an object that Vinz hopefully will use to take revenge on the police, if anything happens to his friends. In the final act of the film, Vincent had two opportunities to use the gun. However, he could not use it to kill a skinhead, and also a police officer, which Vinz only fantasized about killing. No matter how he always wanted to be a “Travis Bickle”-like gangster, in which he would become a rebel of the system, it ultimately poses a question of a definitive identity, thus handing the gun over to Hubert to his to keep. What’s notable is that Vinz has never fired a single bullet, and ironically he accidentally gets shot and killed by the police at the end, which Hubert then steps to point the gun at the officer. There is an ambiguity of who eventually shot the bullet. Possibilities would arise on what ultimately happened, but there is a question that can be brought in this situation. Vinz may have given Hubert the gun, but what if Vinz kept all the bullets to himself? It may not be definite, but there were a couple instances throughout the movie where the gun was empty, particularly during the Russian roulette scene that startled the trio. The authority firing the gun to Vinz in this context certainly does not equate to justice that this action of authority would not veer off from what a gangster would have done. If Vinz did empty the gun, “La Haine” would suggest an attempt at a prevention of people like Hubert and Said embodying a dangerous

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