What is the best way to study the film ‘La Haine’ other than through character analysis?
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You could have a look at the key themes, including immigration, racism, life in 'les banlieues', resistance through the different uses of language, the role of the police and institutionalised racism in France, gender, social exclusion, the Americanisation of French culture and language and the effectiveness of the vintage black and white effect. Additionally, you could also critically analyse whether the film is realistic and whether it paints an accurate picture of modern day France (more so because the film was produced in 1995 in a climate where riots in the banlieues were rife). Finally, it may be a good idea to analyse the key scenes and keep a note of the main quotes and evidences you could use to support your arguments for essay writing. I hope that helps!
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