Clothes and Culture: Why a 22-Year-Old Movie is More Relevant Than Ever

This month marked the 22nd anniversary of the release of black and white French film "La Haine." 

For those who haven't seen "La Haine" (translated to English "Hate") the movie follows a day in the life of three male youths from a racially diverse, impoverished banlieue or suburb outside Paris.

In this gritty drama we see the trio battle through a long day of constant fear and threat from peers and authority figures, following a local riot and the brutal attack of their friend by the police. Two things make this film just as relevant today as it was the day it was released; style and the feeling of uncertainty. 

The clothing featured in the film is outstanding to any retro sportswear lover. From a Sergio Tacchini Supermac tracksuit, double Lacoste  poloshirt and cardigan combo, aviator jacket, Carhartt hats and that classic Nike tracksuit top. 

The overhanging feeling of fear and angst in the film are incredibly pertinent to the tension currently felt all over the world, particularly in Europe after recent events. 
There are parallels between the youth of the film and the hopeless feeling of youth, the working class and unemployed class who feel forgotten or given up on today. 

Amid the feeling of despair and hopelessness there is a glimmering sense of hope for the future in the characters and in today's youth. The sharp clothing represents self-pride and culture.  Top film, definitely worth watching.

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