Everyone knows that life unfolds in the present moment, and in that moment alone, and that nothing is ever carved in stone, but we continuously allow ourselves to drift off-road into the uncharted territory of the future and then we cease to be actually living in the moment that is now.
We are all a bit guilty of allowing our lives to rush past us, unobserved and un-embraced. We allow our minds to think about distant things and unlikely outcomes rather than being fully aware of the present time. I have set myself a personal goal to live more mindfully, and in that I mean to be just more aware of the moment that I am in. In order to do that, I need to be more still, more willing to let my thoughts just happen without embracing them or pushing them away. Apparently this type of non-judgemental awareness cultivates a host of benefits, both physically and mentally.
That sounds pretty good to me. I doubt that it can hurt, particularly at this time of the year when things start to amp up and everything gets a bit crazy. I would love to arrive at Christmas in a state of zen this year rather than one of exhaustion. So, less watching the clock, less piling things up for me to do and get to, less thinking about things in general and less playing out a myriad of possible outcomes, it's time to embrace the moment. And that is exactly what I am going to do.
Release Date: 2011
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 98 mins
Detachment depicts one month in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students, with the microscope firmly fixed on Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Barthes takes a substitute role at a school that is performing well under curriculum standards and expectations, and soon finds himself enmeshed in the troubles of the faculty, students and his own complicated personal life.
It is a flurry of mixed emotions and best intentions as we watch people trying desperately to make a difference and failing dismally. This movie deserves a bigger audience, I truly wish that more people saw what it is like to operate within the education sector, where the problems are insurmountable and the ability to 'fix' things are always perched just beyond anyone's reach.
The cast is tremendously good, especially Brody whose calm and controlled demeanor were a perfect pick for the damaged and deeply caring teacher figure. Brody is extremely well supported by the likes of Christina Henricks, Marcia Gay Harden, James Cann, Lucy Liu and Bryan Cranston; and although the film is depressing with it's sweeping statements about our inability to help, it's a true and powerful message that is being conveyed.
FINAL SAY: 24 hours a day for the rest of our lives, the powers that be are hard at work dumbing us to death.
4 Chili Peppers