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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.
- 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
"Kaye is an enormous talent. And Detachment proves it...[It] gets to you. It hits hard." --Rolling Stone
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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