“Canardo. Señor Canardo.”

March 5, 2010 at 15:27 4 comments

La Haine (French pronunciation: [la ɛn], ‘hatred’) is a French black-and-white film written, co-edited, and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, released in 1995. Sharp and lucid, it’s about three friends and their struggle to live in the banlieues of Paris. The title derives from a line spoken by one of them, Hubert: “La haine attire la haine!”, “hatred breeds hatred.”

One of La Haine’s best moments: Said says “Canardo. Señor canardo.”


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  • 1. Señor canardo  |  May 16, 2011 at 12:02

    Hey, I was always wondering this too. Thanks!

  • 2. mattieux  |  August 28, 2010 at 23:49

    Check this out too – maybe it will help you too: http://www.pvld.mobi/movies/?p=2725

  • 3. mattieux  |  August 28, 2010 at 23:35

    Hi Ben, sorry but only now i came from vacations and saw your comment.

    Well, Canardo is a comic figure that maybe (or maybe not) reflects Said (and his friends’ generation) no future and expendability.
    Canardo dies sometimes in the series but always come back to life saying it was all just tomato juice. He was lynched by a mob and drowned in a pool of urine; gets shoot; and commits suicide colliding against Rasputin – a huge, violent evil mystic).
    I think any of the three scenarios can signify the “no future” message for this generation excluded by a racist and innefective model of integration: lynched by society and the media and drowning in poverty; shoot by the cops or other gangs, or committing suicide taking the whole world with them – “Le monde et à nous”.

    This is what says on Wikipedia about Canardo from the comic series “A Suivre”:

    “Canardo is an anthropomorphic duck who has a career as a private investigator. While he is seldom seen on paid assignments, he tends to end up in dangerous situations everywhere. He is also often used as a pawn in bigger schemes because of his expendability. He suffers from severe personal problems(…). While Canardo is quite skilled both in armed and unarmed combat, he is more of an everyman than a traditional hero.
    Interestingly, Canardo has died, at least seemingly, several times. Most of these happen in the comics written for À Suivre. In the first incident, Canardo is about to be lynched by an angry crowd when he falls in a pit filled with urine, where he supposedly drowns. In the next comic, he is alive an well. Later, he is shot to death after being tricked by Clara. Canardo jokingly refers to this incident in the next comic, claiming that the “blood” was actually tomato sauce. In the last short comic, Canardo commits suicide, although this presumably happens chronologically after all other adventures. In the album La Fille qui rêvait d’horizon (1999), Canardo’s Cadillac collides with Rasputin’s motorbike, causing an explosion that is implied to have killed both Canardo and Rasputin.

    I hope i could be of any help. I really don’t know for sure if this is the “real” Canardo, but I think it’s very plausible, because the three main characters grew up when the comic series “A Suivre” where really popular.

    Maybe it helps if you take a look on two other movies that really influenced Kassovitz:
    – Raï (France) 1995 Thomas Gilou http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114227/
    – Ma 6-T va crack-er (France) 1997 Jean-François Richet http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119589/

    Good work and give me some feedback on what i said please.


  • 4. Ben Mudd  |  July 27, 2010 at 18:34

    Hello Mattieux,

    I’m a Screen Translation student at the university of Sheffield and as part of my dissertation I am analysing the subtitling of La Haine. I’m quite interested to know what Señor Canardo is a reference to and also why you think it is one of La Haine’s best moments.


    Ben Mudd

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