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Torgo's avatar


Heavily overloaded, dilettante sometimes even, yet effective as a downer.
10 years 11 months ago
Big ander's avatar

Big ander

decently shitty. technically the editing and sound editing are straight-up bad. entirely incongruous documentary-like interview sections talk down to the audience. worse part is the "wisdom" we're being imparted is shallow drivel about how the world has changed so much and kids and parents are bad now and oh no oh no we're screwed. saddest part is Brody trying to bring up this material. his effort is admirable. Oh, the young girl was good too. probably the only even average part of the film, her plot manages to go somewhere halfway interesting and she's a nice actress.
11 years 11 months ago
NuclearPlanet's avatar


This was just really depressing to watch. Possible really depressing.
12 years 3 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Detachment tells the story of a long-term substitute teacher who spends a month in a school with more than its fair share of problem kids. But this isn't Dangerous Minds. The kids won't be saved by discovering dance or something. No, this is the opposite picture. There's a bleakness to Detachment that's rather poignant, and you'll only find hope in small, fleeting, even ambiguous moments. Though sometimes openly "art house", most of the film is in a "cinema vérité" style that's only broken by the fact we can pretty much recognize the school's entire staff - Andrien Brody (amazing performance), Christina Hendricks, James Caan, Lucy Liu, etc. - not that I'd get rid of any of them. The kids aren't just unknowns, they're somehow unknowable. Detachment is told from the teachers' perspective, and addresses the educational system's many problems. I have a number of friends who are high school teachers, and though Detachment seemingly presents an extreme, these problems have come up in conversation. No easy answers in this, and I'm not even sure I agree with its representation of the modern classroom, but I think what it does best is open these questions up for debate. I recommend this film to any teacher OR parent without any reserve. I think it should be part of the conversation many of our countries should have about education.
9 years ago
CynInFlicks's avatar


Good enough film, but genuinely one of the most depressing I have seen in my life.

Definitely not one for those feeling down or with depressive tendencies.
11 years 5 months ago
onuryz's avatar


Sami Gayle is better than Brody in acting!
And this is the imdb's shame: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1000452352/tt1683526 (her name is NOT available below)
Vidoclip editing is a virus for Pictures! it's unacceptable and repugnant to cinema's spirit.
11 years 11 months ago
juanittomx's avatar


Heavy stuff! Yeah I share all the opinions except the one before this, I think that the music, the camera and the rest goes with the impression that the film try to print us. Love the title and how many people think that is the way to avoid suffering but detachment is so different from avoid or repel things.
11 years 11 months ago
Djuric's avatar


Well, now I'm sad
3 days 7 hours ago
Joker of Gotham's avatar

Joker of Gotham

I love Adrien Brody, this movie is pretty good, Brody was great, this is his best performance in a drama movie since The Pianist.
This was the best Lucy Liu that I saw so far
10 years 11 months ago
jarudet's avatar


This is most beautiful.
11 years 1 month ago
Cuadie's avatar


Besides some bad acting and strange directions the story sometimes took, it did still appeal to me.

It has a minimal, but good soundtrack. Brody did a fine job. And most importantly, it made me feel
11 years 4 months ago
Scratch47's avatar


You're right. This film is technically and emotionally one-note. Hell, verbally it doesn't impress that much. It isn't going to please everyone and in fact is going to turn a lot of people off because it looks like grief stricken showboating. Yet I feel the amateurish production justified and legitimized that approach, 'detached' camera and all, which surprised me, since as a Brit I'm as sick of 'gritty realism' as anyone. It hammers its one note until its desired audience are almost as numb as the characters themselves, yet strangely I felt there was nuance, plausibility, room to maneuver and a way out, so it was easy for me to understand and empathize with more than first appeared - it wasn't just emotional torture porn or trying to be heavy handed or force morals into your head like 'Crash' did. But it is going to similarly divide people because its' strengths and story lie at polar extremes.
Can't say much more without turning this into one of those god-awful, 'to each his own' debates where no one understands each other, but there's a thin line between plumbing awful emotional depths and being mawkish, and this despite it all walked the right side of that line for me. It's more a work of grim implication than outright filmcraft. So much of it is perspective, and nothing meant by this, but I don't feel I'm beyond exploring grief, think it's important, certaintly feel comfortable enough to do so, and know that understanding how to transcend that won't always come through sophistication or mental exercises...but to each his own though ;)
11 years 9 months ago
Scratch47's avatar


STRONG stuff, painting life through crushed dreams, numbness, immorality, resignation, despair, and...endless hope. Realistic then, but incredibly bleak. All the characters seem to be under an untraceable crushing mental and emotional abuse that forms death by a thousand cuts, and this film unashamedly grieves that fact, which some may see as a form of pretense, and others may see as a welcome outlet. In the final act there's even a kind of transcendence that leaves a thoughtful silence. Recommended.
11 years 9 months ago
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