Exclusive Clip From ‘Detachment’ Teases Sadness, Loss and One Director’s Possible Redemption

Director Tony Kaye‘s debut was 1998’s stunning tour de force, American History X. The film stars Edward Norton as a recovering skinhead trying to set things right in the present while remembering his misdeeds of the past, and if you haven’t seen it I can’t recommend enough that you stop reading and seek it out immediately. It’s an incredibly affecting film anchored by a tremendous performance from Norton. Sadly, Edward Furlong also stars.

Kaye and Norton had a very public falling out during the film’s post-production, and the director seemingly vanished into thin air in the decade-plus since. Except he’s actually been making films at a steady pace. You just most likely haven’t seen them.

Now thirteen years after reportedly trying to remove his name from American History X (and replace it with Humpty Dumpty) Kaye’s latest film looks to return him to the limelight. The critically acclaimed indie Detachment stars Adrien Brody as a man who chooses to avoid personal connections as the ones he was born with begin slipping away. A dead mother, a father falling into dementia…he avoids intimacy to avoid the pain, until his latest teaching assignment finds him forming an unexpected bond.

Check out the clip below, and head over to the film’s official site for more info.

Unseen in the clip is the rest of the film’s amazing cast including Bryan Cranston, William Peterson, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, James Caan, and more.

The official synopsis is below.

In Director Tony Kaye’s Detachment, Academy Award® winner Adrien 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 quickly becomes a role model as a teacher who actually cares about the well-being of these students.  In finding an emotional connection to the students but also fellow teachers and a runaway teen, he finds that he’s not alone in a  life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.”

Detachment hits Movies On Demand from Tribeca Film starting Feb 24th and will receive a limited theatrical run in March.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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