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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.



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Betty Kaye ...
Mr. Mathias
Dr. Hart


Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide out in the open. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women. A girl named Meredith in his first period. A fellow teacher Ms. Madison, and a street hooker named Erica, whom Henry has personally granted brief shelter from the streets. Each one of these women, like Henry, are in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1 February 2012 (France)  »

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O Substituto  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,739 (USA) (16 March 2012)


$71,177 (USA) (27 April 2012)

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Betty Kaye, who's acting Meredith, is a daughter of the director of this film (Tony Kaye). See more »


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


Henry Barthes: Whatever is on my mind, I say it as I feel it, I'm truthful to myself; I'm young and I'm old, I've been bought and I've been sold, so many times. I am hard-faced, I am gone. I am just like you.
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[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 »


Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.182 (2012) See more »


Written by Ray Lamontagne
Performed by Ray Lamontagne
Courtesy of Stone Dwarf, LLC and RCA Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Glimpse into the Reality of Life
6 March 2012 | by (United States) – See 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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