Monday, November 14, 2005
I was going to write an article on how 'La Haine' predicted the Parisian riots a decade ago, but of course someone beat me to it, which proves that people are stealing my ideas before I act them out
I don't neccessarily agree with everything (or, in fact, much of) what this writer has to say on the subject, but it's still an interesting read. La Haine is one of my favourite films EVER, so check it out if you haven't seen it. It's about a society falling apart, fully aware that it's disintegrating...
"Mathieu Kassovitz's acclaimed 1995 film La Haine (Hate), which examines the lives of three young men from a housing project outside Paris, begins with its narrator telling the old joke about a guy who, falling from a tall building, repeats to himself, "So far so good … so far so good." The joke refers to the explosive conditions that were building in France's suburban housing projects at the time. It's a little didactic, but it's only a joke. And it's not a bad metaphor for France's willful blindness to the problems of its suburban ghettos, where immigrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa (and now their children and grandchildren) are garrisoned outside France's beautiful old cities, literally marginalized."