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Director Tony Kaye's (American History X) long-awaited film DETACHMENT stars Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Splice) as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is, Henry finds that he's not alone in a life-and-death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.

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  • An Interview with Director Tony Kaye and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, Presented by American Express
  • Interviews from the Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival Premiere of DETACHMENT

Review

"Its sheer audacity grabs your attention...one of [Brody's] best performances since The Pianist" --The New York Times

"Kaye is an enormous talent. And Detachment proves it...[It] gets to you. It hits hard." --Rolling Stone


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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Marcia Gaye Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu
  • Directors: Tony Kaye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086900TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Orleman on April 1, 2012
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I related to this wonderful film as a 38 year teacher. I watched it twice on on demand, tried to VCR it the second time, but it didn't come out that well. I can't wait until the DVD is released. While the sub plot involving the teenage prostitute is a bit too much, the classroom scenes are haunting and frightfully real, particularly when it is the first day. The faculty burnout scenes are beautifully scripted as a consequence of students bad treatment of teachers. Those not in the profession who villify teachers constantly should see this film and maybe have a degree of sympathy for us.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By passionatereader on March 19, 2012
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To begin: the first third of the movie is out of synch which almost had me turn it off and ask for my money back. But I stuck with it, although it should be fixed, and am I ever glad I did.

This is a beautiful, and also a heartbreaking film. Adrian Brody has the most soulful eyes and is superb in this film.

The story is not very new, but it's approach is different.

I felt a lot of empathy for each character.

It is not for the faint of heart, for it has quite a few very difficult situations presented.

But it's not exploitative at all.

Rather it is tender. Yes, tender. And you feel for these people as if they were you and yours.
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Controversial director Tony Kaye certainly doesn't play it safe. Notorious for "American History X," Kaye has proven himself both outspoken and challenging as a filmmaker (and as a person). Despite that film's positive reception by both audiences and critics (as well as its Oscar nominated leading performance by Edward Norton), Kaye publicly disavowed the movie after it was recut against his wishes. So it's no surprise that "Detachment," from a screenplay by Carl Lund, is like a brisk slap to the face. A bleak and depressing portrait of the American educational system, the film is unrelentingly dark. In its world view, it certainly has a refreshing candor and truth. At times, though, the stylized nature of the movie can detract from its essence. It is surely meant to provoke, which it does, but it also has the tendency to straddle the line of pushing over-the-top when a bit of restraint might have balanced the action. Still, though, it's hard to fault someone willing to make a bold statement in these days of formulaic filmmaking. "Detachment" has a lot to recommend it, but it presents a hyperreality that may not appeal to every viewer.

Adrien Brody plays a substitute teacher who embarks on a one month assignment at a struggling public high school. The students are alternately disaffected, disconnected, and/or outright confrontational. The film has a multi-media quality (with occasional voice over, animation sequences, and kinetic editing) that helps to establish a rather unsettling mood. Brody has weathered a difficult childhood, glimpsed in quick cuts, and is able to understand the silent cries for approval and recognition from the student body and his fellow staff.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Neill TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 7, 2012
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Sure, the lead character in this film is a substitute teacher, but this is NOT a movie about teachers or the educational system. It's about relationships and the lead just happens to be a teacher. Most of the character's interaction comes between him and a young girl, a prostitute he met on the streets, and his grandfather, who is living out his final days in a hospital / nursing home.

I enjoyed the movie and think that it hit its mark by showing how people can be completely detached from their world and the people in it. It is hard to go into much details without throwing out spoilers left and right, so I'll just say that the progression of the lead character through the film was an interesting one to watch, if the ending was a bit predictable.

Some people will find the movie disturbing on how realistically it shows life and death and our reactions to it. There is no spoiler in telling you the lead character is detached from just about everything in his life, the title pretty much sums that up for us. It is, however, still disturbing to see what that translates to when he comes across the prostitute the first time and does nothing to help as a man on a bus beats her just a few feet from where he's sitting.

At one point in the movie, the one student that he does have somewhat of a relationship comes and tries to talk to him about her problems. She's depressed, you can pretty much tell she is suicidal and when she breaks down crying and grabs onto him he can't do much to console her. Another teacher walks in and immediately infers that he's having an inappropriate relationship with the student because he was having physical contact with her, making a great point on just how easily things are misconstrued in our world today.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Blackwell on February 25, 2012
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This movie really exceeded my expectations with great performances across the board. The depth of Brody's character, coupled with a brutally honest script that is beautifully executed by the director, Tony Kaye, makes for a constantly engaging movie. James Caan provides for some vital comic relief to a film that deals with tough subject matter. For me, the film exhibits how important it is to cultivate and maintain relationships. If you like to be engaged in thought throughout a movie, you will find this highly entertaining.
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