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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Bryan Cranston
  • Directors: Tony Kaye
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00867QV02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,299 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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