La Haine his based on a very similar event and was perhaps a bit close to the truth for the government, the French people and, most of all, the police. It was a ground-breaking film that could rightly be considered to have changed thinking for many French people.
It's a story of three young men living in the notorious banlieue who, following a recent riot, harbour mostly bad and vengeful feelings towards the police. There is Vinz, a Jew, who just wants to kill a policeman in revenge for putting one young man in hospital with life-threatening injuries. Hubert, a black boxer whose gym was torched during the riot. And Saïd, an Arab, who talks and jokes a lot and, at times, mediates between the other two.
These three wander somewhat aimlessly, meeting people and getting into scrapes, mainly with the police, but despite their perhaps threatening appearance, and loud demeanour, are more often victims rather than perpetrators. Vinz is, however, on a short fuse. He found a police revolver that was lost during the riot and keeps threatening to use it on the police. The other two, especially Hubert, are continually trying to calm him down.
One suspects that things are not going to end well for them, the catch phrase 'jusqu'ici tout va bien', so far so good, referencing the thoughts of someone falling from a high building, implies that it must end in disaster.
The Guardian review is worth reading, as is the analysis by Phil Hoad, also in the Guardian, that really sets the context and the impact of this classic piece of cinema.
La Haine was re-released in 2020.