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It follows a brilliant teacher, played by Adrien Brody, who goes from school to school as a substitute, rather than committing and getting attached to the one place. That inevitably changes, but the film's viewpoint on life doesn't. There's no gloss here, rather a superbly acted, down to earth drama, that has as much to say about the school system it's portraying as it does its individual characters.
It's a shame that Detachment got such a low-key cinema release, something reflected in the straightforward disc debut too. There are a few extras here, but nothing that adds a great deal to the package. That's a pity too, as the film is superb, courageous, and quite brilliantly acted. Brody is as good here as he was in his Oscar-winning turn in The Pianist, and Detachment deserves all the exposure it can get. --Jon Foster
Not the sort of film we'd usually buy, but was well worth the money. Interesting story and great characterisation. Would recommend.Published 12 months ago by Janine
This has hit my all time top 10 films, I have watched it twice now and both times have been moved to tears - so raw and unflinching and honest. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Glyn Davies
Is it that I'm an intellectual snob or does anyone else find all the references in Detachment a little clumsy with 'hand of director' too plainly visible? Read morePublished 24 months ago by savidad
Starts off brilliantly as he shows his teaching ability then drifts as he falls apart in his delusional state leaving others to pick up the pieces. Read morePublished on 21 May 2013 by A. Murphy
..but it's hard to get particularly excited about it. It borders on cringiness at a couple of points throughout, and the mockumentary interludes don't add much. Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by R. Buckley