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Detachment Reviews

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½ January 8, 2013
One of the most engaging movies i have ever seen, watch it.. then make a change
½ January 6, 2013
Detachment plays it dark and depressing. I was dumbfounded by how critics, professionals, see this movie. Oversee the basic artistic take Tony Kaye takes with this story. It's like everyone has lost the sense tell the difference between art and rehashed shit in this era of movies. This gets bad reviews, but End of Watch is great. It felt to me that Kaye was trying to visually show us how people feel. Teachers, students are unhappy, depressed in environment that just can't truly be fixed at the school level, but at home. How can you show this properly, with out the gloom that these people feel. I loved the film.
½ January 4, 2013
Lightless, but thought-provoking.
½ January 4, 2013
Makes Dangerous Minds look like a Pixar film. I applaud the effort to champion the teachers' cause, but this thing was all over the place, tethered to solid efforts on Brody's and the young girls' part (she has a real Natalie Portman thing to her). Touching moment with his senile grandpa; the flashbacks were more WTF than informative.
January 3, 2013
I think every teacher should watch this. Adrien Brody plays a substitute teacher w/ an earnest passion to better his students, no matter how grim the situation. He lives a very solitary life, nothing to tie him down save his aging and infirm grandfather. Brody floats between jobs, keeping no real relations with anyone, due to his childhood events, which are frequently hashed back on the screen, giving insight. The only part I really didn't get was when he takes in a teenage prostitute and tries to set her straight. Poor acting on the girls behalf, a little weak in the writing. Could have been cut. At one point Brody is addressing his students and gives a very moving monologue, which I found profound and deeply unsettling, in a good way. Overall it was a good movie and would recommend.
½ January 3, 2013
Un peu exagérer au niveau du "drama" mais qui décrit tout de même une certaine réalitée de la vie d'aujourd'hui , principalement au niveau des écoles. D'excellentes performances d'Adrian Brody, James Caan et Lucy Liu
January 2, 2013
Messed up & depressing
½ January 1, 2013
A very satisfying social drama that loses something in it's execution. The premise is flawless but it loses some of it's honesty around the half-way mark. It's still a fantastic film but it just didn't have me like Kaye's past work. The best part of the film was by far the peformances by Adrian Brody and Sami Gayle. The film moves at a pretty steady pace until about half way through when Brody's character dynamic totally switches, which is a pretty bad idea in the hands of almost every director. A little sloppy at times but all-in-all a great film.
½ January 1, 2013
Worthy seeing for anyone who works in the education field.
December 31, 2012
un buen drama antes de que se acabe el año
December 30, 2012
"you've gotta understand that, unfortunately, most people lack self awareness"
½ December 27, 2012
This was a very well done film. It stands firm as a window into the struggles of others. Sadly those who can relate and through it have a vicarious brandishing of truth and understanding will be the ones to really appreciate what this great film does for it's audience.
December 26, 2012
Typical but entertaining.
December 24, 2012
"Detachment" is a perfect title, and perfectly reflects the quote early in the film by Albert Camus. This is a movie about a flawed man who feels too strongly. Too strongly but beautifully. Too strongly, but fatally. The emotions are powerful, raw, strong, and real. The tragically sad ending is inescapable, but there is one diamond in the mire that redeems all from becoming an existential and ultimately depressing film. Beautiful.
December 23, 2012
I didn't think it was pretentious at all. If you were to sit back and watch this movie, listen to what was being said instead of criticizing what you can't relate to from your couch, feel the helplessness of our own economic stucture, the struggle every american goes through in one form or another you would understand this movie.'..but it doesn't offer any solutions to it's passionate ranting.' Well, neither does life
½ December 19, 2012
Detachment is a sharp, pessimistic drama which ultimately engages, but also depresses. Desperate, artistic and sometimes filled with anger, this movie depicts the problems within the American school system in much better way than the usual school sagas. It actually develops into a broader criticism of the whole society and at some point the comparisons with American History X become inevitable.

Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody) is a gifted, but lonely teacher, who is completely devoted to his profession and assignments as a substitution teacher. He is sent to a public school, where lack of motivation, despair and frustration have created a poisonous school environment. Barthes has the ability to engage and to captivate the attention of his students and soon he becomes a sort of role model for some of them, while he is facing further personal challenges. His life is a daily struggle against a non-working system, a system in which frustration and apathy have the central place.

What Tony Kaye has achieved is the depiction of the non-working educational and social system in the US. Just like in his previous delivery American History X, he hits hard, not sparing the audience for a single moment. The whole pace is slow, filled with pessimism and anger about those abandoned children. The dramatic load in Detachment is surely a result of the stunning leading performance of Adrien Brody, as well. His self-assured behavior, his ability and determination to find the strength to continue every day are performed in an unforgettable way and this becomes by no means Brody's best role since The Pianist.

As already mentioned, director Tony Kaye has shown that he knows how to successfully and convincingly re-create the inconvenient reality. Unfortunately, the message in this movie is unclear, chaotic and based on idealism. There is no solution provided, even the criticism is as if it comes from an idealist: it's loud, it's emotional...but unclear. This feeling is strengthen by the "too artistic" approach taken by Kaye: the camera testimonials and the animated parts are appealing, but inefficient when it comes to conveying the whole message to the audience.

Detachment is no doubt a drama to be seen. With incredible leading performance and a topic that hits hard in your face, you would be thinking about this movie long after its final credits.
½ December 19, 2012
Detachment is a sharp, pessimistic drama which ultimately engages, but also depresses. Desperate, artistic and sometimes filled with anger, this movie depicts the problems within the American school system in much better way than the usual school sagas. It actually develops into a broader criticism of the whole society and at some point the comparisons with American History X become inevitable.

Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody) is a gifted, but lonely teacher, who is completely devoted to his profession and assignments as a substitution teacher. He is sent to a public school, where lack of motivation, despair and frustration have created a poisonous school environment. Barthes has the ability to engage and to captivate the attention of his students and soon he becomes a sort of role model for some of them, while he is facing further personal challenges. His life is a daily struggle against a non-working system, a system in which frustration and apathy have the central place.

What Tony Kaye has achieved is the depiction of the non-working educational and social system in the US. Just like in his previous delivery American History X, he hits hard, not sparing the audience for a single moment. The whole pace is slow, filled with pessimism and anger about those abandoned children. The dramatic load in Detachment is surely a result of the stunning leading performance of Adrien Brody, as well. His self-assured behavior, his ability and determination to find the strength to continue every day are performed in an unforgettable way and this becomes by no means Brody's best role since The Pianist.

As already mentioned, director Tony Kaye has shown that he knows how to successfully and convincingly re-create the inconvenient reality. Unfortunately, the message in this movie is unclear, chaotic and based on idealism. There is no solution provided, even the criticism is as if it comes from an idealist: it's loud, it's emotional...but unclear. This feeling is strengthen by the "too artistic" approach taken by Kaye: the camera testimonials and the animated parts are appealing, but inefficient when it comes to conveying the whole message to the audience.

Detachment is no doubt a drama to be seen. With incredible leading performance and a topic that hits hard in your face, you would be thinking about this movie long after its final credits.
½ December 18, 2012
A total gut-wrencher. Should be required viewing for all high school kids.
December 17, 2012
Excelente trabajo de Adrien Brody
½ December 16, 2012
Je ne sais pas si les écoles américaines sont vraiment comme représentée dans le film, mais si c'est le cas, les écoles francaises ne sont pas si mal au final.
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