Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
Arnaud Desplechin and Mathieu Almaric in person on October 1 + 2, Benicio Del Toro in person on October 1!
Note: This page is for the NYFF51 screening of the film. For information on the film's theatrical release (opening February 14), click here.
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. Travel support generously provided by Unifrance.