Substitute teacher Henry never stays long enough in a place to bond with anyone. Troubled and lost, he lands at a public school where the staff is frustrated and burned-out. Inadvertently, Henry becomes a role model to his disaffected students and bonds with a teenager who is just as lost as he is.
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Ésta es una película sombría como pocas, con un guión ubicado en el fondo de la coladera. Sus personajes están todos rotos, huecos. Lo fascinante es cómo la rutina los mantiene de pie, por monótona que sea. El acercamiento a la repugnancia es grandioso y crudo. La actuación de Brody es impecable, sin embargo Caan y Nelson también son brillantes. Su elenco es de gran renombre. La película es conmovedora y poderosa.
Tony Kaye tried too hard to make something artsy-pretentious and failed in delivering. The only relevant scene of the entire movie is the "date" scene between Henry and Ms. Madison. Found it hard to get in the atmosphere of the film with the alert and neurotic pase, too many things happening at once. 2/5
Uneven, manipulative and predictable. I really would like to kick Tony Kaye in the ass for his pretentious, shallow movies. In the same way as AHX, Detachment could've been a real and thought-provoking drama, with powerful moments and poignant acting, but it fatally gets ruined by Kaye’s mediocrity and laziness as a director. I give it 3 stars because some scenes really hit me.
One of the best movies I've seen in recent times. A brutal take on the state of public education at american schools, with a talented cast lead by Adrien Brody who has a pitch perfect performance as a lonely and empty substitute teacher. Sami Gayle as the teenage prostitute has an amazing role that evokes a lot of Jodie Foster's Iris in "Taxi Driver".
Very, very good work!
From American History X director comes a scathing, angst-ridden attack on parenting and education through the eyes of the substitute teacher. It's raw, at times ridiculous, captivating in it's honesty and serves as a wake-up call to society. Stylistically it has it's flaws and a few of the scenes scrape through by the skin of their teeth but I highly recommend it. 4 stars