Jimmy P. (2013)
Average Rating: 4.9/10
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Just "not-horrible" enough, yet are still thoroughly and transcendently boring
Del Toro and Amalric's many analytic interactions come to feel like arias; Desplechin's films often have this intimately, unsettlingly operatic feel, as if the camera were recording a performance for proscenium at too close a range
This is a superb, engrossing picture, strange in all the right ways, and one I long to see again.
Seems to struggle in making its interesting ideas apparent, leaving them stranded beneath the dry surface of an otherwise ordinary procedural.
Focuses on the playing off of two actors in the developing of rapport and empathy between two very different human beings.
A chronicle of the spiritual retrieval of a lost man's soul through the work of psychoanalyst/anthropologist.
While a clinical approach doesn't disqualify a movie from being riveting, the straightforward, unflashy style can sometimes be draggy rather than revelatory or engrossing.
Rather than suggesting a director trying something new, Desplechin's first outing in the US seems to have robbed him of his personality.
[Desplechin has] come a cropper in this lethargic, self-important psychiatry study, which he himself seems to have directed from the couch.
A shakily uneven return for the director, entrenched in the more laborious, bone-dry methodology of its famous case study rather than probing the complex emotional state of the titular character.
After the sprawling, messy but rich A Christmas Tale, Desplechin falls short with Jimmy P. The mind may cure the soul for Jimmy P., but Desplechin can't seem to find that quality in his own picture.
"How much longer do I have to stay here?" he enquires of a nurse at one point. You ask her, Jim, ask for us all.
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