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Henry Barthes is an educator with a talent to connect with his students. Yet as a substitute teacher he hides his gift to avoid emotional connections. When an assignment places him at a school with a burned-out administration and an apathetic student body, he becomes a role model as a teacher. His emotional bond with the students and teachers help him see he is not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Tribeca Film : Distributed by New Video, 2012
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781422921470
Branch Call Number: DVD Detachm
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 30, 2019

sub-teacher was so much more than that - he actually cared about these students who have been given little and turned away from and pushed out. He got them to see themselves in a different light, better understand themselves & what they do have to offer

Feb 21, 2017

Perhaps I am not an existentialist after all. This one too dark for me. I am not a prude but this was not to my liking. Great acting, significant conflict and wildly creative but I chose not to watch it about 1/3 of the way into the movie.

Dec 15, 2016

Pretty good movie but kind of slow at times but some great acting!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

A heartbreaking film that truly gives teaching a face and soul. Though the situations and the school itself are on the fringe of extreme, they didn't feel too far from reality. Stand out performances by James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Adrien Brody, Betty Kaye, and Sami Gayle. A really well-acted and well-scripted movie.

Dec 12, 2015

Cannot rate. Wow, I could only bear to watch this for 15 minutes due to the grime/grit real life portrayal. Great cast. Makes me thankful I no longer have children in school & always assumed this was a big city problem...probably not. Detachment - perfect title.

Sep 01, 2015

This is a very good movie. If you work in the mental health industry you may want to give it a pass (this is your job on film). You will not feel happy after this movie, very real and gritty.

Nov 28, 2013

“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
― Albert Camus

Oct 14, 2013


voisjoe1 Apr 15, 2013

This portrait of an inner-city school, taking that all the bad things are compressed into minutes, from my experience as a substitute, is quite real. While the teachers are excoriated daily, I suspect that a great deal of the educational problems in such schools are far beyond the control of the teacher. The bureaucrats portrayed in the film, with their super needs to increase test scores, seems to me quite accurate. Everybody has an easy answer to the problems. I suspect they are just a little more complex than eliminating teacher unions. The portraits of this film are a little tough to watch, but if you want to eliminate the problem, first you must get an understanding of what is going on. Get some of your education of education right here with this film.

Mar 31, 2013

Amazing, pround deeply affectimg movie Very real raw and gritty and a true treatise on what some teachers have to deal with and the complacency within society when it comes to parenting and education. Mr. Barthes is a genuine, gentle and kind human being who acts from his heart Definitely a five star movie in my books!

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