Making some buzz (and its world premier) at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival Adrien Brody starring alongside and very strong cast in Detachment from acclaimed Director Tony Kaye (American History X). Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues.
When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry soon becomes a role model to the disaffected youth. In finding an unlikely emotional connection to the students, teachers, and a runaway teen he takes in from the streets, Henry realizes that he’s not alone in his life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
To get an idea of the tone of the film have a look at this little clip below…
While it wasn’t really a trailer, it shows hints at fractured people and under that, hopefully, a lot of heart. It is tough to watch but I really liked American History X so I’m going to be all over this. If the glimpses at the stars in the above clip Brody only hinted at the character firepower in the film, Detachment has Brody sharing the screen with, get ready for it…James Caan, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Blythe Danner, Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, William Peterson and others. For those of you, like me, who missed Detachment at Tribeca it can next be seen at the 37th Annual Deauville American Film Festival.
Beyond that, no dates have been set for what will likely be a limited release but we’ll keep you posted. What do you think? Sound like an indie worth taking a chance on??