I want you to see me, maybe from inside me

Gerardo 2022-04-22 07:01:31

Review of the film "Detachment":

At the beginning of the film, the vicissitudes of the protagonist's face came into view. He said softly, could you please disperse for a while, leave me here alone, and lock the door?
Well, the story is about to begin. And it's just a story to tell you.
The screen went black...

he was Adrien Brody, the pianist in the field, the Jewish Pole who was born melancholy, and he didn't play the piano this time, he taught.

A tree grew on a small blackboard, the leaves grew and withered quickly, the leaves became the words on the book - "I have never felt so deeply, so far from the soul, and I The existence is so real."

Well, the story really begins.


1. What is the teacher like?

The film uses black and white pictures to present the inner profiling of different teachers, why do I become a teacher, do I really like being a teacher, and how other people actually view teachers.
They are both teachers, or they are all related to teachers, but, again, they are so different.
From their confessions, we learned that some people never thought of becoming teachers in their entire lives, but became teachers; Pillow went to be a teacher, believing that I could change the world, but in the end I found that I couldn't do anything...
The blackboard drawing crossed the teacher's confession, drawing hurriedly.
The teacher, from a distant and aloof character, with a bit of holiness, was drawn to our eyes.

From this part, I know that this will be a film that is faithful to reality, so real that it is almost cruel.

Second, attract the audience, from the very first moment.

"Detachment" (Chinese translation: "detachment") is a movie that I thought was good before I even started to understand the plot. In other words, it has an inexplicable attraction to me. What is so attractive to me? When watching it for the second time, I held on to this question and found the answer.

At the beginning of the scene, in the blurred background, the protagonist comes from the dark, uninhibited and melancholy. He squatting or standing in the dark night, he doesn't care which street he is in, what people and things there are on the street, he doesn't say anything But he made everyone understand that he was immersed in sadness and loneliness. The camera cuts to the picture of him writing, and with his voice muttering as he writes, the film really kicks off the curtain.

I especially like this opening, it's short, but it's very informative. It is unpretentious, unintentional, and shows the emotions of the protagonist most naturally, explaining the mood of the whole film without writing and writing, setting a melancholy tone.

In my opinion, the beginning of the movie is like the starter of a feast. Although the amount is small, it should not be sloppy. This small portion should reflect the chef's weight, but it must also entice the appetite of the diners so that they will have something to do with the next main course. expect. The director certainly did. What should the beginning of a movie do? Is it to explain the approximate content of the video? Or give the story to be explained below a start? Let the protagonists of the film appear one after another? In my opinion, none of these, the most important thing to do at the beginning of the film is to let the audience detach themselves from the real world and integrate into the film. With the calm and restrained music at the beginning, people's undisguised confessions and the fragmented images of the protagonist's life, the audience began to think - what kind of role is a teacher? What situation are they in?

The most eye-catching place at the beginning is the protagonist wandering aimlessly in the city, accompanied by the voice of the protagonist, there is a picture of his writing, he wrote, "All misfortune begins from this", from which it can be seen that this is a This seemingly loose, but actually rigorously constructed film uses metaphors and related techniques to express the film's own emotions. It is restrained, and at the same time, its emotions are so turbulent.

3. Is the school a pure ivory tower, or the same cruel reality?

The constant switching of shots is one of the great features of this film. Montage techniques are ubiquitous in this film, from the figure of the school child to the answering machine in the teacher's office, accompanied by the children's laughter and the quarrel between the government officials and the principal, even when the film presents the main plot. , and never ignore everything that is happening at this moment in the world of the main story. In the film, there is a scene in which a female teacher is scolded by black students and parents. The camera is constantly changing between students, parents, teachers and spectators. The language of the camera is rich in language that shows the intensity of conflict, and it also explains that the school is not for everyone at all. The imagination is so peaceful and prosperous. The real school is more like a battlefield full of dangers. If you are not careful, you will step on a landmine.

The school is full of all kinds of seemingly hopeless conflicts, obesity discrimination, irresponsible parents, violent students, animal cruelty students, disrespected teachers, deliberate rebellion and provocation, Students who are cynical without judging right and wrong, students who are world-weary and closed, and most students who lose their judgment and are indifferent. They use their methods to resist the world and the harm around them. They are not good people or bad people. Affecting each other, falling into a chronic powerlessness.

This kind of film seems too depressing. It is so similar to the Japanese blockbuster movie "Confession". It seems that the youth has no cure and is in a mess. Is it a bit exaggerated? But this is not the case. With its stable surface, society presents people with a normal face that is not too threatening, and under this face, how many bad conditions are not noticed or avoided?

Society is not a disorderly container, it has distinct hierarchies, there are good schools and there are bad schools, this film shows the bottom schools, those incapable teachers, those students who come to school with family problems, those who come to school with family problems. Parents who avoid their children's education are brutally magnified in the school chosen by the film.

It is the truth and cruelty of the film that is enough to make people face up to this problem, to give people enough shock, to lift the curtain covering the bottom of the society, and to let everyone open their eyes and watch it seriously.


4. We are all different, we are all the same.

This film is full of various montage techniques, interspersing the reality part with the memory part of the narrative. It is not so much a story as it is a mental presentation of a period with Henry as the main perspective. Henry's hazy memory flashes from time to time, and this memory is presented in the picture of home video recorder, fragmented, intermittent, unreadable and elusive. Fragments of memories are everywhere in this film, suggesting that those who make Herny's painful memories were always present in his mind, unable to get rid of them, causing him pain. Every time Henry's memories are accompanied by the same repressed and powerless music. The music maintains restraint and calmness. It suddenly starts and stops, sometimes strong and then weak. It works well with the picture, giving people a kind of disorderly pain. It also indicates that the pain in everyone's life is like a needle prick, heavy or light, but it can't be avoided, attacking you when you are unprepared.

The film presents several stories, Henry's, the girl who was raped and gave up on herself, the fat girl, the female teacher who had nothing but teaching, the bald teacher who was neglected inside and outside the school, the principal who was forced to leave his post, And the pressure of the dean who was on the verge of collapse. In this film, there are no small characters, every character is the biggest protagonist in his world, and their pain is worth facing up in the eyes of the director. Their stories are different.

Henry's story is the most tragic and unique. His mother committed suicide when he was young. The director did not give an obvious answer to the reason for the suicide, but gave a faint clue. His mother was molested by his grandfather for a long time. And he himself, after his grandfather died, did not know whether his grandfather was also his father.

This painful experience with no other choice had a huge impact on Henry, and it showed on him all the time. He maintained and cared about women, and he was more conscious than the average person. He preached to students in class, In today's society, people are influenced by public opinion and think that women are inferior, to be played with, bullied, ravaged, and humiliated. To combat the erosion of this kind of thinking, we must learn to read and activate our own imagination. There are many examples of social moral decline, but he blurted out that women are treated unequally. He was so heartbroken by what happened to his mother that he no longer wanted anyone to repeat the same mistakes, and he hoped that women would no longer suffer, so much that he couldn't help taking in the seemingly hopeless girl to comfort and encourage the world-weary girl. Fat girl. His experience runs through his life, everything about him, and the director connects the facts, which makes this film so powerful and makes people understand that a person's childhood experience is so important and affects a person's life.

But these different stories tell the same emotions. They are lonely, helpless, at a loss for life, eroded by life and unable to resist, and have a dark past that is hidden deep inside each other and cannot be helped by others. They try to keep warm, some still live, and some choose to leave.


5. The color of

the movie If you want to choose a color for this movie, the color of this movie is the black of the night. Not the gray of despair, nor the blue of sorrow; nor the red of conflict, nor the purple of melancholy, but black. Throughout the whole film, the night scene left the deepest impression on people, with thick and strong tones, which weighed on people's hearts. This heavy tone gives the film a tone, not the warmth of a soft tone, nor the strong tone of a hard tone, but a cold tone.

This blackness is ubiquitous in the film, and it never fades from the screen, even on a sunny morning. This kind of black exists in people's hideous faces washed out by black and white cameras, the night, the protagonist's suit, the angry black students in the class, people's pupils, and the house with the lights turned off, all revealing a heavy black. But the darkness in the movie always reveals the light. Faces in the dark, lights in the street, sunlight in the ward, light at the end of the hallway. These lights are metaphors for the efforts that people make, and the turning points in their lives, foreshadowing that everyone's life has more or less bright parts.

And the movie also prefers black and white pictures. Sometimes black and white empty shots are used to shoot the corridors in the school, empty teachers, and stairs. This black and white gives the film an unknown feeling, a feeling of calmness, and the feeling of being out of the picture. Feel.

6. Dialogue in the movie

In my opinion, the dialogue and narration in the movie are the most exciting part of this movie. The arrangement of each line is not random, they all have their meanings, they cooperate with the plot, and tell some truths that must be understood in life. It's the wisdom of this film, and it's these words that make this film full of wisdom, it feels real, it feels so close to someone's heart like never before, it feels like reality exists in every moment. personal mind.

7. Why is the music faint?

Someone once said that if the background music of a movie is successful, then the movie is half successful. In my eyes, the background music of this film is also extremely successful.
If you listen carefully, there are only two places in this movie (the only background music with lyrics when Henry takes Erica to test for HIV, and the slightly cheerful and hopeful song where Henry finally hugs Erica) Different music, the rest of the time is a simple melody, repeated circling background music, the background music is weak, but repeatedly, lingering. In this movie, the background music never came to the front of the stage, it was always behind, playing silently. The composure with which the music is handled is a big factor in the film's success. The music of this film can be said to be seamless with the mood of this film, but it is not obvious that the music drives people's emotions, and it does not have any overpowering meaning at all, which is rare and commendable.


8. Details

The scene that impressed me the most in this play was the one in which Henry sent Erica away. Henry's room was snow-white, just as pure and pure as his soul longed for. The performance of the two in the indoor emotional scene was very exciting. After Henry gradually let Erica understand that he was going to send her away, it pushed to a climax of emotional collapse. Henry is a very emotionally restrained man in the play, which is why he has always only been a substitute teacher and is unwilling to stay in a school for a long time. And here, the pain he showed was just right. And the best part of this play is also its montage technique. When the two were at a showdown, the staff of the juvenile shelter began to enter the building where Henry's house was located, and then interspersed the conversation between the two of them. At this time, the staff was approaching and walking up the stairs step by step. This technique creates a sense of urgency, letting the audience know what is about to happen, and this perspective greatly deepens the audience's feelings for this conflicting plot, and the sense of drama increases. And when the audience expected that the staff had come to the door, the director did not show the picture of the staff knocking on the door, but gave a close-up of the two people's faces, and at the same time accompanied by the rapid knocking on the door, the processing of this detail greatly strengthened the reality There is a sense of cruelty that has to be accepted. When Erica was taken away by the staff, the camera was handled very cleverly. The camera was facing Henry, and Henry turned his back to the staff and Erica. He couldn't bear to look at it and grabbed his hair. And when Erica was taken out of the house, Henry leaned against the door, a cold green light was projected outside the door, and Erica's cry came. The scene closed with Herny and ended shortly after.

There is a close-up shot of Erica's ring to Henry, intentionally or unintentionally in the movie. Notebooks have appeared many times, and Herny always persuaded people around him to use words to overcome the unsatisfactory life in life, which means that the influence of people in life on each other, more or less, changes us.

The word "see" comes up over and over in the movie, whether it's the fat girl saying it, when you talk to me, I feel like I'm really being seen. Including the teacher who couldn't find a sense of existence and grabbed the iron net every day after school. He said, "Did you see me?" thanks, thanks. This echo further shows that human loneliness forces people to yearn for a sense of identity and existence in life. They long to be seen and understood. People almost want others to know everything about them in order to drive away loneliness.

However, just like the text that Henry read at the end of the film, my heart is sinking, and each of us has a tendency to sink, but we must catch something to prevent us from falling.

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Extended Reading
  • Cristina 2022-03-29 09:01:03

    Empathy is a very strange trait, because after all, we can't feel the feelings of others, but we will grieve and cry with others. I seem to see a paradox. There are no answers to all questions. But there is despair in this movie, and there is hope. Despair is that you can't help everyone, and hope is that you can save some people in the end. After all, it's easy to not care, and it takes a hundred times more effort and courage to care.

  • Selmer 2021-12-18 08:01:09

    In contrast, "The Spring of the Cow Herding Class" and even "Death Poetry Society" have become soul chicken soup. Students, parents, colleagues, relatives and friends, and finally the educators themselves, there is nowhere to escape or surpass in helplessness, helplessness, boredom, and meaninglessness. Thanks to a friend who is engaged in special education in a third-rate university for his daily complaints and persistence, for making me constantly aware of the mutual contradiction between ideas and illusions in my daily situation.

Detachment quotes

  • Henry Barthes: Y'know you can't... you can't keep living on the street...

    Erica: I'm not, I mean, I'm staying here with you.

    Henry Barthes: Well, you can't continue to stay here with me. I'm not good for you...

    Erica: That's not true. You're like, the only family I've ever had...

    Henry Barthes: Well, I can't be your family, I can't give you what you need. You have to understand, you should be...

    Erica: You're good and gentle, you're the most kind... I love you Henry. Don't let them take me, please nooooooooo, you're all I have, please don't let me go.

    [Social workers take her away still protesting]

  • Henry Barthes: I am money, I change hands like the dollar bill, that has been rubbed by a lamp; Then a genie appeared and cried loudly, with volume; But the tears were all for myself, and that's where it all went wrong