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Detachment (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 February 2012 (France)
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A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.

Director:

Tony Kaye

Writer:

Carl Lund
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Henry Barthes
Marcia Gay Harden ... Principal Carol Dearden
James Caan ... Mr. Charles Seaboldt
Christina Hendricks ... Ms. Sarah Madison
Lucy Liu ... Dr. Doris Parker
Blythe Danner ... Ms. Perkins
Tim Blake Nelson ... Mr. Wiatt
William Petersen ... Mr. Sarge Kepler
Bryan Cranston ... Mr. Dearden
Sami Gayle ... Erica
Betty Kaye Betty Kaye ... Meredith
Louis Zorich ... Grampa
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Mathias
Chris Papavasiliou ... Dr. Hart
Kwoade Cross ... Andy
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Storyline

In Director Tony Kaye's Detachment, Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry quickly becomes a role model as a teacher who actually cares about the well-being of these students. In finding an emotional connection to the students but also fellow teachers and a runaway teen, he finds that he's not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. Written by Tribeca Film

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Drama

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Trivia

Michael Wincott was considered for the role of Mr. Dearden. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic visible reflected in the glass as Henry and Erica come out of the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Henry Barthes: It doesn't take strength Meredith, you've gotta understand that, unfortunately, most people lack self awareness.
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Crazy Credits

[intertitle near start] And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world. - Albert Camus See more »

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Written by Ray LaMontagne
Performed by Ray LaMontagne
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A Glimpse into the Reality of Life
6 March 2012 | by joshh83-283-171837See all my reviews

So many people are broken and hurt. Many fear of getting too close in order to keep from getting hurt once more....

This movie is fantastic look into the brokenness of people in society, along with our need as humans for affirmation and too belong. It not only has an artistic side, but this movie is so real in many ways, which everyone (or at least most) can relate too.

I highly enjoy this film and is yet another brilliant role played by Adrian Brody, quite possibly his best role and story since "The Pianist." The supporting cast was also great.

My opinion on this film may be biased, solely on the fact that I only enjoy films that touch the heart and soul (or at least makes me think/feel) and this is one film that made me want to go out and change the world for the better.

This film is well worth while to watch from beginning to end. The Academy needs to look into nominated Adrian Brody for an Oscar with this performance. One of the few movies that I would watch over again with a friend and well worth your while.

I can see why it won so many awards at Film Festivals.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,739, 18 March 2012

Gross USA:

$72,689

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,688,710
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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