Written by Carl Lund and directed by Tony Kaye, Detachment tells the story of Mr Barthes, a substitute teacher within a struggling inner city school.
This film is an absolute gem. The narrative was unpredictable, characters solid and the dialogue had a poetry and pathos that flowed beautifully within the heavily-stylised approach to the direction and cinematography. At times the film felt more like an art installation than a movie, with the scrapbook filming style complimenting the setting and mimicking the creativity of the down-trodden Meredith.
There were times when the film almost veered into overindulgent, however the perfectly-pitched, moving performances from Brody, Liu and Gayle kept the film grounded and poignant. Overall a refreshingly honest look at the education system that packed a heavy emotional punch.
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