Director Tony Kaye's (American History X) long-awaited film Detachment stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost... as he is, Henry finds that he's not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.Kaye has molded a contemporary vision of people who become increasingly distant from others while still feeling the need to connect. Detachment features a stellar ensemble cast, including Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and newcomers Sami Gayle and Betty Kaye. [show more]
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In this controversial drama from the director of 'American History X' (1998), Adrien Brody stars as a substitute teacher working in a disadvantaged inner city school. As he begins yet another temporary stint in a notorious New York school, Henry Barthes (Brody) continues his struggle to make a difference, despite his past failures. His grandfather (Louis Zorich), who suffers from dementia, lives in a nursing home run by people who show little care or sensitivity, and Henry is plagued by memories of his troubled and loveless childhood. When he meets a young prostitute, Erica (Sami Gayle), he offers her refuge in his home, but as a tender father/daughter relationship develops between them, Henry loses his nerve and calls in the social services...