Métisse, the first film from the director of La Haine, is a (surprisingly) breezy and (unsurprisingly) brash comedy about a mulatto Parisienne torn between two boyfriends: a wealthy black (Koundé) and a laddish Jew (Kassovitz). The rivals reluctantly put their mutual antipathy on hold when their lover announces that she's pregnant, and won't reveal which of them's the father. If La Haine owed a debt to Do the Right Thing, here the key influence is She's Gotta Have It (at one point Koundé accuses the bike-mad Kassovitz of believing he's in a Spike Lee movie). This is a more benign than La Haine, and less assured, but it raises pertinent questions about gender and racial politics.
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