Detachment

Detachment

Detachment

Adrien Brody is a drifting substitute teacher who finds uneasy connections with his new students in this intense classroom drama from the director American History X. Also stars Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan and Lucy Liu.

Henry (Brody) is transferred to yet another school, where an indifferent management has filled the classrooms with lethargic students and potential burnouts. Having avoided building relationships with prior students, Henry realises that his apathetic methods will be of no use here. His longing sense of attachment slowly starts to emerge with the aid of three women: photography enthusiast Meredith, a student of his, Ms. Madison, a fellow teacher, and Erica, a sidewalk prostitute.

2011Rating: MA15+97 minsUSA
Drama

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Variety

Variety

Scripter Lund, himself an ex-teacher, delivers a story that lacks nuance, and mixes badly with Kaye's impatient edits, Dutch angles and extreme close-ups.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Adrien Brody deserves superlatives for his acting in the alternately mesmerizing and maddening Detachment.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A movie you keep expecting to fizzle because of its punching-the-air gracelessness, but there's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Brody delivers his finest performance since "The Pianist".

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

For all its untrammeled excesses - and Kaye has proved that he'd sooner torpedo his own career than accept a little constructive trammeling - Detachment is almost forcibly moving, body-slamming its audience into submission.

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