In the late 1940s, at the progressive Menninger Clinic, two mavericks bonded, not simply as therapist and patient, but as friends united by their personal experiences as outsiders. Arnaud Desplechin’s extraordinarily intelligent and moving adaptation of Georges Devereux’s landmark work of ethnographicpsychoanalysis stars Benecio Del Toro as the titular Jimmy P, a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran suffering from what initially seems like severe posttraumatic stress, and Mathieu Amalric as Devereux, a Hungarian Jew who reinvented himself many times over before coming to the US to study Mohave Indian culture. Both actors are at the top of their game and their interaction makes the best case for the “Talking Cure” ever depicted in a fiction film.
Read Film Comment magazine's interview with Arnaud Desplechin.
2013 Cannes Film Festival
2013 New York Film Festival
“Highly absorbing… Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric [are] working at the top of their craft.” —Scott Foundas, Variety
“A superb, engrossing picture.” —Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
“A film of subtle understatement… A solid platform for the charismatic talents of Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric.” —Mark Adams, Screen Daily</em>