World Cinema – Feature
JIMMY P., Arnaud Desplechin
France / 2013 / 114 min / DCP / English
Based on a true story - the development of an extraordinary friendship between a troubled Native American veteran and his maverick French psychoanalyst...starring Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Almaric.
At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard, an American Blackfoot who fought in France, arrives at the renowned Winter Veterans Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Jimmy suffers from excruciating migraines and sudden losses of sight and hearing, and despite a barrage of tests, his condition mystifies the doctors. Unable to help him and unhappy with their diagnosis of schizophrenia, they decide to seek the help of Georges Devereux, a maverick French anthropologist and analyst.
From their first meeting, the two men begin to establish a relationship of trust and mutual respect , as Jimmy realizes the depth of the Frenchman’s immersion in Native American culture. During the course of their daily sessions, Jimmy reveals more and more, describing his dreams and recalling forgotten childhood memories. Damaged, reserved and unfamiliar with the analytic process, he nonetheless opens himself up, allowing Devereux to guide him on the road to healing.
Writer: Arnaud Desplechin Producer: Jennifer Roth (France 2 Cinéma), Pascal Caucheteux (Why Not Productions) / Cast : Benicio Del Toro, Elya Baskin, Gina Mckee, Larry Pine, Mathieu Amalric / Contact: Esther Devos, Wild Bunch
THE DIRECTOR: Desplechin was born in Roubaix. Desplechin studied film directing at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle then at the IDHEC, graduating in 1984. In 1990, Desplechin directed LA VIE DES MORTS. The 54-minute-long film won the Jean Vigo Prize for Short Films, and was shown at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Desplechin's first feature, THE SENTINEL, premiered in 1992 at Cannes. Desplechin's 1996 film MY SEX LIFE... OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT was critically successful.
In 2000, Desplechin made his first English-language film, ESTHER KAHN. Three years later, Desplechin made two films PLAYING 'IN THE COMPANY OF MEN': one showing 70% rehearsal footage and 30% of the film itself; and the other with inverse proportions. The next year, he directed KINGS AND QUEEN, which mixed comedy and tragedy to tell the story of two ex-lovers. The film also starred Catherine Deneuve in the role of a psychiatrist. Kings and Queen was nominated for several awards and Amalric won the César Award for Best Actor. However, controversy arose when actress Marianne Denicourt, Desplechin's ex-girlfriend, accused him of revealing elements of her private life in the screenplay. In 2005, she published Mauvais génie ("Evil Genius"), describing her relationship with an unscrupulous film director called "Arnold Duplancher." In 2006 she unsuccessfully sued Desplechin. In 2007, A CHRISTMAS TALE, and was screened in competition at Cannes in 2008. His 2013 film JIMMY PICARD was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival constituting his fifth film selected in the main competition.
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