(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: La Haine

Where You Can Stream It: Kanopy

The Pitch:  a trio of friends wander aimlessly through the French suburbs, distracting themselves from the cycles of poverty and discrimation that entrap them by debating their favorite movies and posturing as Robert de Niro-inspired gangsters.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: There are so many restless, rebellious movies of the ‘90s that try to speak to the Gen X frustration with societal norms, but La Haine is the best of all of them. At times meandering and philosophical, at other times downright brutal, La Haine is rooted in the racial and class tensions of 1995 France. Anchored by magnetic performances by Vincent Cassel, Saïd Taghmaoui and Hubert Koundé and thoughtful direction by Mathieu Kassovitz, the central trio’s performative fantasies collide with reality as they come face-to-face with police brutality and gang violence.

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pop culture imports october 17

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

Remember when I promised you a horror-themed foreign streaming column? Never mind — there are too many other great foreign movies and TV shows to highlight every week. And besides, you’ll get plenty of horror content elsewhere. Here, you’ll find only subtitles and maybe one Danish zombie movie. This week we have the pivotal and disturbingly timely French crime drama La Haine, as well as the beloved Bollywood epic Jodhaa Akbar, Netflix’s trendy Spanish teen thriller series Élite, a popular Korean medical drama, and Danish zombies.

Let’s get streaming.

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Hoai-Tran Bui’s Favorite Movies of All Time

Hoai-Tran Bui's Favorite Movies of All Time

Hey, /Film. What’s a nice place like you doing in a girl like this? Wait, let me start over…

My name is Hoai-Tran Bui, and I’m just happy to be here. Before you ask me how to pronounce my name (not important, and you’d probably get it wrong anyway), let me tell you about my favorite films.

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