Synopsis: Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide out in the open. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women. A girl named Meredith in his first period. A fellow teacher Ms. Madison, and a street hooker named Erica, whom Henry has personally granted brief shelter from the streets. Each one of these women, like Henry, are in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tony Kaye
Production: Tribeca Films
  8 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Let's, uhm... Let's not have

people come in.

I'd like to do this without

anybody in here.

Could everybody split, that

doesn't have to be here. Thanks.

- Maybe we can keep...

- And close the door.

- Keep people away from the door.

- Is that good?

Yep. Thank you

"And never have I felt so

deeply at one and the same time

so detached from myself

and so present in the world"

(Albert Camus)

French philosopher and writer

"For Henry"

I wasn't good in school.

I didn't care for school.

Uhm ... It was nice socially,

my own experience, but

I kinda just went along...

I started off as a music major.

I was gonna be

a Rock 'n' Roll star.

But that didn't quite

work out.

In 1985,

during a hurricane,

hurricane Gloria,

I was walk... I was taking

a train into the city to work.

I'd gotten to work and I was on

the phone with my brother-in-law,

who had just

started teaching,

and he said that he was

off from school.

Now, now,

wait a second,

You're off from school

for hurricane

and I'm goin' into the city

to work in an Office building?

I said:
"Woa, that's a

pretty good kick, right."

My mom was a teacher and I knew

without a shadow of a doubt

from early childhood that

the one job I would never do

was become a teacher.

Never ever I would take

toll cards on a turnpike.

I'd be a shepard, anything,

rather than become a teacher.

I decided to become a teacher

because I wanted to do

something with my life besides

what I was doing

which was driving a truck,

for a company and,

I decided I wanted to do

a little bit better for myself

so I got into teaching

a little bit.

I went back to school

at the age of 37.

A friend of mine from college...

His aunt was the...

Principle of an all-girls

inner city school

in Newark, New Jersey, and

they were desperate for teachers

So, I thought "Great,

I can do this for a year,

it'll keep my father from making

me get a job at Prudential,

and then I'll figure out

what I wanna do."

Well, they called me up

asking me to go to an interview,

and I happened to get an job

in a Junior High school,

in Queens,

and I ended up...

starting it at my...

What's now?... my 30th year.

Most of the teachers here,

at one point...

...they believed...,

that they could

make a difference

You know, I know

how important it is to

have guidance and to have

someone help understand

the complexities

of the world

that we live in.

I didn't really have that

growing up.


Written by:

Directed by:

I am money.

I change hands

like a dollar bill

that's been robbed

by a lamp

when a genie appeared

and cried loudly, with volume.

But the tears were

all for myself.

And that's where it

all went wrong.

Hi, Lupe, Dean Vargas here.

I'm sick and I won't be

coming in today, allright?

Get to the point, Dr. Heart.

I've got a school to run.

The State's score have gone

down in the last three years.

- You're not delivering... - Don't pretend

like you don't know the game.

You earmarked my school

as the transfer dome

for the worst kids in

the district.

Well, kids deserve an education,

don't you agree?

I agree you're jerking of

and wasting my time.

- Get to the point, Dr. Heart...

- We need consensus builders.

- New methodology.

- You're corportizing the system.

No, we're cleaning house.

Our superintendent feels that

it's time your stepped down.

Babe, you got some f***in'

nerve coming into my yard

with the heart f***in' self.

Carol, there was a time

when you were an educator.

You were very well respected.

Why don't you go

out on top?


Everybody sit down

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Carl Lund (23 September 1884 – 29 May 1940) was a Swedish wrestler. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics and the 1912 Summer Olympics. more…

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