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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Bryan Cranston
  • Directors: Tony Kaye
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00867QV02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Director Tony Kaye's Detachment, Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry soon becomes a role model to the disaffected youth. In finding an unlikely emotional connection to the students, teachers, and a runaway teen he takes in from the streets, Henry realizes that he's not alone in his life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world

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Still best known for American History X, a film he tried to have his name removed from, director Tony Kaye's work has remained consistent and interesting ever since. It's been a lot lower profile too. Detachment is a case in point. Whereas American films about teachers taking on an unruly class in a trouble school generally end with either Oscar nominations or a hit single, Detachment is a lot more serious, and consequently more interesting, about its work.

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Cohen-almagor on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD
Tony Kaye's drama is a powerful story about a man who decided to detach himself from society. Henry Barthes (sensitively acted by Adrien Brody) did not have a great start in life. His father left when he was very young. He does not remember him. His mother committed suicide when he was 7. Henry found her naked and dead on the bathroom floor when he returned from school. He lived with his grandfather who agonized himself over the death of his daughter, blaming himself thinking it was he who drove her to commit suicide. Henry, who describes himself as “empty”, moves around between schools as a substitute teacher with an empty bag, returns every night to his empty flat, has no friends; his only commitment is to his grandfather who suffers from dementia and is institutionalized in one of those not-so-great exit places, where residents have a one-way ticket from the world and those who are supposed to make their exist as comfortable as possible are not truly caring.

Detachment chronicles three weeks in Henry’s life. Henry is a sensitive man who is aware of his sensitivity. As life did not treat him well, he decided to disconnect, not to be hurt by others. Although Henry has a true talent to connect with his students, he has chosen to bury his gift. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide from life. One day Henry arrives at a rough school where no one cares about education. The students and their parents have other issues, and the administrators and teachers understand that taking care of their own sanity and providing students with some guidance are more important than providing them with education.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2012
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Adrian Brody (The Pianist) plays Henry Barthes - an American High-school substitute teacher. When he transfers to the nameless school in a nameless city the story plays out in, he finds many kids falling behind, aggressive and with a complete lack of concern for their own future. Detachment is filmed as if it is a post-event interview with Barthes - seeing him sat on the sofa, noticeably dishevelled with different facial hair; narrating what happened at the school. Barthes method for dealing with the hostility from the children is to be empty and soulless; this gives them no aspect to attack him because he doesn't care for anything, so nothing needs defending. When he bumps into 15-year old streetwalker Erica (the elfin Sammi Gayle) he impulsively takes her in and looks after her; her transformation is literal & figurative. As he wrestles with his lack of interest in life, he studies the teachers around him (James Caan, Lucy Liu & Christina Hendricks) and their mechanisms for dealing with the children evidently being failed by the aging school-system. Will Barthes find some way to connect to someone?

Detachment can be viewed on many levels; it's an entertaining enough drama for just the high school relationships with difficult kids in a Dangerous Minds kind-of way. But when the film kicks off with an Albert Camus quote ("And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world") and starts paraphrasing Poe you know there is a deeper subtext. Or is there?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr R Cattini on 30 Mar. 2014
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Ignore any bad reviews and check it out yourself. The acting is on a level few films can even dream of achieving and that includes the whole cast top to bottom. Simply gobsmacking, thought provoking, tear jerking whatever you want the whole way through. An all time great make no mistake. Don't miss it.
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Like Dead Poets Society on crack or Freedom Writers with some swearing or Dangerous Minds but with better acting. I liked this film. I don't know if I'll ever be watching it again though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By s brown on 6 Jun. 2013
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reality strikes again in this film interesting subject matter talked about in the film so real and believable not for the faint hearted but I loved it a film not to be missed
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By Kym.89 on 14 Mar. 2015
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A great film, very thought provoking and sad but honest! Definitely recommend this film
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A must see, a roller coaster of a wonderful cast.
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