Jimmy P.

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Jimmy P. has interesting ideas and talented stars, but director Arnaud Desplechin can't seem to figure out how to bring them together.



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In "one of the most unexpected and inspiring movie pairings in recent memory (The Village Voice)," Jimmy P stars Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a true story about two very different men who build a unique and powerful bond through psychotherapy. A WWII vet plagued by excruciating headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams, Jimmy Picard (Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot, is labeled schizophrenic by a military hospital confused by his condition. Enter French anthropologist and Native American researcher Georges Devereux (Amalric), called in by the hospital to make sense of their baffling patient. Through increasingly vivid conversation, Picard and Devereux develop a compelling friendship as they embark on an exploration of Jimmy's memories and dreams, an experiment they conduct like a couple of detectives in this intelligent and extraordinarily moving film from Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale, Kings and Queen). (c) IFC

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Benicio Del Toro
as Jimmy Picard
Mathieu Amalric
as Georges Devereux
Gina McKee
as Madeleine
Larry Pine
as Dr. Karl Menninger
Joseph Cross
as Dr. Holt
A Martinez
as Catatonic Indian
Elya Baskin
as Dr. Jokl
Lise Lacasse
as Miss Wharton
Barton Bund
as Radiologist
Loren Bass
as Neurologist
Dennis North
as Dr. Braatoy
Hugh Maguire
as Opthamologist
Danny Mooney
as Eric McMurphy
Taras Los
as Desmond
Jim Ochs
as Bartender
Anton Bassey
as Closed Ward Nurse
Matthew Geczy
as Master Sergeant
Scott Thrun
as Sergeant
Julie Sifuentes
as Avy Spring, Sexy Nurse
Dakota Padgett
as Jimmy Child
Samantha Reed
as Older Sister
Amy Grant
as Gayle 19 Years Old
Michael Murphy
as Jimmy's Lawyer
Shayanna Campbell
as Mary-Lou 11 Years Old
Lily Gladstone
as School Friend
Randi Kennerly
as Mary-Lou 14 Years Old
Andrew Mitchell
as Puppeteer 2
Dan Lemieux
as Stunt Nurse 2
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Critic Reviews for Jimmy P.

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

  • This intelligent movie becomes a gentle reproof of prejudice and ignorance, and I wish I could find some excitement in it.

    Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made.

    Mar 7, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense.

    Mar 6, 2014 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground.

    Feb 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.

    Feb 14, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film.

    Feb 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jimmy P.

  • Jul 08, 2014
    Slightly mentally non-decolonized. Good Film! A worthwhile film but a little odd insofar as it under emphasizes the ethnocultural forces in the characters in favor of a "special friendship" (in a universalized way) despite the fact that it is the decultured nature of American psychiatry which was at the root of doctors' inability to help Jimmy in the first place. Also couldn't stand the way a couple of actors who think that acting means being as anxious and/or intense as possible in every scene. Jimmy P is enlightening about the psychic damage that happens when cultural and ethnic peoples are punished for who they are and made to ape other cultures to become accepted. A Native American Veteran suffering from a series of psychological issues develops a deeply powerful friendship with his progressive French psychoanalyst as they discover and attempt to understand the source of his illness.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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