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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Adrien Brody
Christina Hendricks
Marcia Gay Harden
James Caan.
Directors
Tony Kaye.
Screenwriters
Carl Lund.
Running Time
98 minutes

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Plot
Troubled substitute teacher Henry Barthes (Brody) is brought in to a failing school to teach English. Having previously managed to maintain his distance, here he forms a genuine connection with both the pupils and the staff, who include a love interest (Hendricks) and a cynical mentor (Caan).


Review
Detachment
Adrien Brody stars as a despairing substitute teacher who nevertheless connects with kids at a failing school. His resolve to keep his distance falters amid all the unhappy people desperate for a lifeline. American History X director Tony Kaye eschews the ‘inspired teacher making a difference’ cliché, and the good news here is that Brody and the ensemble are tremendous (especially James Caan, superb as the cynical guidance counsellor). But this is bleak, the social indictment and nasty incident slathered on with a heavy hand and pretentious monologuing.


Verdict
Incredible performances from the cast, but Detachment is perhaps just too pretentiously depressing for its own good.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Posted by Timbzy at 06:42, 14 July 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Everyone's entitled to their own opinion...

The guy rates the film lower because it was depressing. That means, because it was able to move him from one emotional state to another via plot devices and convincing acting, it is a detriment to the film? This reviewer should stick to Pixar. ... More

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Everyone's entitled to their own opinion...

...but me and my wife found the film worthy of 4 stars. She works in a school and could relate to the reality of the teachers lives and teaching in general. From apathetic kids to teachers who reminisce over the days when parents filled the school on parents evening. From a personal viewpoint, yes the film can be viewed as depressing however it could also be viewed as uplifting. SPOILER ALERT! - Barthes had the heart to look after his grandfather by continuing to visit him even... More

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