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Jimmy P. (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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 (19)

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

September 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made.

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

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

March 6, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground.

February 28, 2014 | Full Review…

In warming quite a lot to Jimmy P, it's possible that I've gravitated to what Desplechin's long-term admirers might regard as the wrong film.

February 21, 2014 | Full Review…

The pain and sadness of Picard's life are perversely relegated to another time and place, one the film can only visit from the distance of his recollections. By the end, [Arnaud] Desplechin makes him known thoroughly, but not vividly.

February 20, 2014 | Rating: 3.0/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jimmy P.

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.

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