Cannes Film Fest
At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard (Benecio Del Toro, 21 Grams, Che), a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran who fought in France, is admitted to Topeka Military Hospital in Kansas, an institution specializing in mental illness. Jimmy suffers from numerous symptoms: dizzy spells, temporary blindness, hearing loss... and withdrawal. Due to the absence of any physiological causes, he is diagnosed as schizophrenic, but the hospital management decides to seek the opinion of Georges Devereux (Mathieu Amalric, Kings & Queen, Heartbeat Detector), a French anthropologist, psychoanalyst and specialist in Native American culture.
Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) tells the story of the friendship which develops between these two men, which would not have occurred under any other circumstances, united by their personal experiences as outsiders. During the sessions, Jimmy P., a very shy man and unfamiliar with psychoanalytical methods, goes along with the proceedings, recounting his dreams and recalling deeply buried memories, thereby allowing Devereux to lead him toward a cure. Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (Esther Kahn, A Christmas Tale) has made an extraordinarily intelligent and moving adaptation of Georges Devereux's landmark work of ethnographicpsychoanalysis as we watch the patient and doctor behaving like a couple of detectives on their mutual journey of self-discovery, with an ever-growing complicity growing between them.
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin, France/U.S.A., 2013, 114 mins. In English.Director interview Village Voice Variety New York Times TimeOut NY