About the Film
About the Director
WWII veteran and Native American Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro) returns from France and is admitted to the Menninger Clinic, a Kansas military mental health facility. He suffers from dizzy spells, temporary blindness, and hearing loss; yet when doctors can’t find anything wrong with him physiologically, he’s labeled a schizophrenic. In a bold move, the hospital decides to seek the opinion of Georges Devereaux (Mathieu Almaric), a French psychoanalyst and specialist in Native American, to try the “talking cure.” A showcase for Arnaud Desplechin’s measured direction, JIMMY P. also features beguiling performances by two actors at the height of their craft.
Arnaud Desplechin studied film directing at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle then at the IDHEC, graduating in 1984. He made three short films inspired by the work of the Belgian novelist Jean Ray. During the late 1980s, Desplechin worked as a director of photography on several films. His select feature film director credits include LA SENTINELLE ('92), MY SEX LIFE... OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT ('96), ESTHER KAHN ('00), KINGS AND QUEEN ('04) and A CHRISTMAS TALE ('08).
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