MOVIE MADNESS #61: DETACHMENT

Teachers. When we looks back and think of school, learning and the people who helped us evolve, we think of teachers. But what is so amazing is that teachers just don’t get the kind of respect they deserve.

In the film “Detachment”, Adrien Brody stars as a substitute teacher who drifts from school to school.

He refuses to make a connection because he knows in a short time it will be on to the next school.

His apartment is extremely bare, he lives out of one suitcase and always keeps distance from anyone.

Brody does a wonderful job of showing his character’s detachment from society.

His performance is powerful and moving. His life changes when he meets a teen runaway (Sammi Gayle) who uses her body to survive on the street.

Brody’s character helps the runaway and through that relationship he learns to make a connection again.

But the connection is sort of a father-daughter, student-teacher relationship. He needs her as much as she needs him.

The movie is full of a great ensemble cast including Christina Hendricks, James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu and William Petersen. It is directed by Tony Kaye, who’s last film “American History X” left a staggering vision in our minds.

There are lots of speeches, clever chalk drawing segue ways and some really wonderful performances. This movie is really a diamond in the rough.

4 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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