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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
8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Substituto See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,739, 18 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,177, 29 April 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the morning of Erica's first stay in Henry's flat, we see Henry on the roof wearing the ring which Erica will give him days later as a present. 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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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.46 (2012) See more »

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Distress
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A powerful and disturbing (but necessary) film
3 October 2011 | by gregcarttarSee all my reviews

I saw this at Woodstock Film Festival, a few months after it premiered at Tribeca. I had the pleasure of driving Tony to the screening, and decided that I would stay for a few minutes to see the opening few minutes of the film, after seeing just a few seconds of it during the tech rehearsal earlier. After 30 seconds, I was hooked and could not get away. This film needs to be seen, people need to understand the conditions and circumstances presented in it of urban school environments; the trials that teachers and students face everyday, and the ravages wrought by "No Child Left Behind". The role played by Sami Gayle is astonishing, where she found that character is beyond me. I gave it a 9 our of 10 only because there were some scene-break graphics in the film that, while making sense, seemed to me to break the flow of the film. A must see. Tough to watch in places, but necessary.


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