La Haine follows the lives of three friends, Vinz, Hubert, and Saïd, living in a poverty-stricken banlieue (suburb) of Paris. After a violent riot erupts in their neighborhood, the trio navigates through a day filled with tension, frustration, and encounters with police brutality. Vinz, fueled by anger and a desire for revenge, finds himself in possession of a police officer's lost gun. As the day progresses, the friends face various challenges, confrontations, and moments of reflection, highlighting the social and racial tensions that plague their community. Through their experiences, the film explores themes of alienation, discrimination, and the cyclical nature of violence, ultimately raising questions about the possibility of change and hope in a divided society.