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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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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:

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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

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1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Adrien Brody and Marcia Gay Harden; and two Oscar nominees: James Caan and Bryan Cranston. See more »

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

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Henry Barthes: A child's intelligent heart can fathom the depth of many dark places, but can it fathom the delicate moment of its own detachment?
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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 »

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

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Depressive View of a Sick and Dysfunctional Society
25 December 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Henry Barthes (Adryen Brody) is a high-school substitute teacher emotionally detached from everyone but his grandfather. When he was a seven year-old boy, he saw his mother committing and he is a traumatized and sad man. Henry is assigned to work for one-month in a decadent public school and along this period, he meets the teenage prostitute Erica (Sami Gayle) on the streets and he brings her to his apartment to take care of her. In his class, he feels affection for the troubled student Meredith (Betty Kaye) and tries to help her. These adolescents change his emotions toward people.

"Detachment" is a depressive view of the sick and dysfunctional modern society though the routine of a substitute teacher that makes the difference in the universe of teenagers, parents and other teachers. There are memorable scenes, like the breakdown of the counselor Dr. Doris Parker (Lucy Liu); or Henry explaining to the students the importance of reading to create their own thoughts and beliefs; or Henry saying that parenthood should require curriculum. On the other side, the reaction of Ms. Sarah Madison when Henry is hugging Meredith is impressive and part of a morally corrupted society that only can see vicious in a sympathetic gesture. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Substituto" ("The Substitute")


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