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Actors: Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu

Director: Tony Kaye

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From American History X- director Tony Kaye, comes a dark drama about a  teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry is a substitute teacher who wanders from school to school, never staying very long in the same place and that suits him fine since it keeps him from having any emotional attachment to his students and colleagues.

Henry is a man you grow to like, he’s got a certain sadness over him, tries to stay sane and to do the right thing despite the fact that the world around him is anything but a happy place. His grandfather is dying, most of his colleagues are on the verge of a nervous breakdown and the school he’s working at falls victim to a completely failing school system. On top of that his students have no hope for the future and seem to have lost all sense of decency and values. Still, willing or not, he seems to get trough to some of them. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

Brody’s performance is without any doubt the major strong holder here. The movie itself might not dispose of the same magnificence as, let’s say ‘The Pianist’, but his performance sure as hell does. Brody confirms he is an exceptional actor, in a role that is somewhat different than what we’re use to see from him. This flick isn’t going to leave you with a smile, but it will leave an impression and resonate in your head for quite a while.

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