Brody’s Best Since “The Pianist”

‘Movies have been depicting the horrors of the American educational system for more than half a century, from “The Blackboard Jungle” to “Dangerous Minds” and others too numerous to mention. But none has reached quite the nightmarish depths of “Detachment,” the latest effort from cinematic provocateur Tony Kaye. This film depicting the hellish experiences of a high school substitute teacher makes such previous works by the filmmaker as “American History X” seem positively lighthearted by comparison. Adrien Brody, delivering his finest performance since “The Pianist,” plays the central role of the disaffected Henry Barthes.’

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