We got our first look at Adrien Brody’s next film, Detachment, when an international poster surfaced back in November, which instantly conjured up a sort of restrained beauty with a simple photograph of Brody deep in thought before a chalkboard.

A new French trailer for the film has been released online, via The Playlist, and it lives up to the beauty of the poster and a lot more too. Tony Kaye, director of American History X, is behind the camera for this, directing from Carl Lund’s debut script.

Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry’s method of imparting vital knowledge onto his temporary students is interrupted by the arrival of three women in his life.”

Along with Brody, the film has a terrific cast that includes Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Vol.1), Christina Hendricks (Drive), Bryan Cranston (TV’s Breaking Bad), James Caan (The Godfather), Marcia Gay Harden (Miller’s Crossing), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), William Peterson (TV’s CSI), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents), and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (TV’s The Wire). Essentially, a very talented group of people.

The film has spent the past year touring festivals, taking the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival as well as a host of others elsewhere, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Kaye and Brody have made together. The direction in this new trailer looks very impressive, and it’s not often that we get to see inside the walls of a classroom like this.

Detachment doesn’t yet have a UK release date scheduled, but with a bit of luck, we’ll be seeing it early next year. The US should be seeing the film in the spring with a VoD/theatrical release planned, so hopefully we’ll see it in at least one form (and hopefully on the big screen) sometime in the new year. Until then, here’s the wonderful new French trailer for the film. Enjoy.