DVD - 2012
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An educator and the school where he works are both on the verge of collapse in this hard-hitting drama from director Tony Kaye. Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody) is a gifted teacher whose psyche has been taking a beating -- he still bears emotional scars from his mother's drunken tirades while he was a child, and he's been forced to look after his grandfather (Louis Zorich) as he dies a slow, painful death. Henry has become a substitute teacher rather than fully commit himself to his students, but his latest assignment takes him to a high school where the building is in sad shape and the staff are faring no better. The principal, Carol Dearden (Marcia Gay Harden), is dealing with an unsupportive school board and a hostile husband (Bryan Cranston), Mr. Wiatt (Tim Blake Nelson) is being driven to the edge of a nervous breakdown, Mr. Seaboldt (James Caan) is too cynical to care about his work anymore, and guidance counselor Dr. Parker (Lucy Liu) spends more time insulting the students than helping them. As Barthes struggles to find a reason to continue, two troubled kids break through his wall of ennui -- Meredith (Betty Kaye), an overweight student who is a target for bullies among the students and staff, and Erica (Sami Gayle), a 15-year-old who has sex for money and is used as a punching bag by those around her.
"Henry (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody) becomes a substitute teacher at a public school with an apathetic student body and a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen, he finds that he's not alone in the life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly loveless world. Detachment features a stellar ensemble cast, including Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and James Caan."--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Tribeca Film ; [Canada] : Distributed by Mongrel Media, c2012
Branch Call Number: DET
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 21, 2017

Perhaps I am not an existentialist after all. This one too dark for me. I am not a prude but this was not to my liking. Great acting, significant conflict and wildly creative but I chose not to watch it about 1/3 of the way into the movie.

Dec 15, 2016

Pretty good movie but kind of slow at times but some great acting!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

A heartbreaking film that truly gives teaching a face and soul. Though the situations and the school itself are on the fringe of extreme, they didn't feel too far from reality. Stand out performances by James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Adrien Brody, Betty Kaye, and Sami Gayle. A really well-acted and well-scripted movie.

Dec 12, 2015

Cannot rate. Wow, I could only bear to watch this for 15 minutes due to the grime/grit real life portrayal. Great cast. Makes me thankful I no longer have children in school & always assumed this was a big city problem...probably not. Detachment - perfect title.

Sep 01, 2015

This is a very good movie. If you work in the mental health industry you may want to give it a pass (this is your job on film). You will not feel happy after this movie, very real and gritty.

Jan 21, 2014

Disturbing but very good. Lots of well known actors in cast.

Nov 28, 2013

“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
― Albert Camus

Oct 14, 2013


voisjoe1 Apr 15, 2013

This portrait of an inner-city school, taking that all the bad things are compressed into minutes, from my experience as a substitute, is quite real. While the teachers are excoriated daily, I suspect that a great deal of the educational problems in such schools are far beyond the control of the teacher. The bureaucrats portrayed in the film, with their super needs to increase test scores, seems to me quite accurate. Everybody has an easy answer to the problems. I suspect they are just a little more complex than eliminating teacher unions. The portraits of this film are a little tough to watch, but if you want to eliminate the problem, first you must get an understanding of what is going on. Get some of your education of education right here with this film.

Mar 31, 2013

Amazing, pround deeply affectimg movie Very real raw and gritty and a true treatise on what some teachers have to deal with and the complacency within society when it comes to parenting and education. Mr. Barthes is a genuine, gentle and kind human being who acts from his heart Definitely a five star movie in my books!

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