Jimmy P. (2013)

Jimmy P. (2013)
  • Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Ricky Wayne


Adapted from the 1951 non-fiction account by psychoanalyst Georges Devereux, “Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian,” the film follows the true story of Picard (Del Toro), a Plains Indian of the Blackfeet nation, as he returns from WWII and begins experiencing unexplainable symptoms shortly thereafter. He travels to the famous Winter Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, where he meets Devereux (Amalric), thus beginning a professional and personal friendship guided by compassion and understanding of Native American culture.

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  • (Rating: 5 / 5) Let’s talk about boring movies, those films where speak a lot and is not interesting, or where nothing happens and when something finally happens is stupid and obvious (eg “Only God Forgives”). “Jimmy P” is not that case, and it is a shame the bad reviews it has received from a wide sector of specialized journalism

    The problem is not that they dislike the movie, but many are not able to distinguish between a boring film dialogued and one that is not. In this sense, “Jimmy P” is a sacrilege in the same way it once was “Hulk” (2003) it was too dialogued to be a superhero movie. Here, Benicio Del Toro acts in this solid film, intruding into the skin of a Native American. Indeed, the theme of the Indians is not too important for this film (if the story was based on a samurai hero, might have worked), but contributes to its virtues

    The film itself is not a masterpiece. The grace of all this lies in how well it is built , but not much more. The session of psychoanalysis is very interesting, but it will not convert the viewer into an expert in psychology , nor is it an intellectual movie or with symbols that critics would like to decrypt. There is also the factor of the film is handled with Freudian psychology (we’re at the end of World War II) , which in many countries is obsolete. Imagine 50 years ago, when “Psycho” (1960) was released and took it to a whole world in the fascination of neurotic repressions and subconscious minds. That does not exist now, except in specific countries (Argentina, part of Europe or Latin America) that still rely on Freud, but for the rest of the world the next film is scientifically irrelevant, since since the psychological no longer work with abstract and religious entities eg the unconscious or superego, even the old Pichon Riviere scheme (the three areas of behavior) is more useful than Freud. But the rest is great

    It is a overly dialogued movie… but it is an excellently dialogued movie. The director implements some nice visual details to not forget him: from flashing lights that simulates the visual problem of the protagonist, to the reflection of a woman in a letter. But these fine details are quickly overcome by the concentration of talks between the two main characters. While at first the film threatened to become an adequate production but unoriginal (one of madmen hospital is stuck a knife in his hand, as in “Alcatraz”), soon emerged as an antidote to the leaden “Camille Claudel, 1915”: the protagonist is also the least crazy of its environment, he is locked in the place and forced to undergo therapy. And after all this, what follows is a lengthy session of psychology

    Although “Jimmy P” has excellent dialogues, one of the victories of the film lies in a couple of “tricks” or adjustments, intentional or not. Is not just about the performances, which are perfect in Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric. First, there is a neat deconstruction of stereotypes of this kind of films. The patient is not a U.S. pristine and affected with blonde hair, but an Indian native with strong roots in his own culture. Other adjustment is that the relationship between the analyte and the psychologist is very respectful, coordinated, although at one point Benicio Del Toro began a tirade against his analyst (which is artificial and with inappropriate reference, since this patient was conscious and smart enough above to lost the calm ). Other adjustment is the idiomatic sonority, where none of the characters perfectly intones the English but is quite raw, so this new sound allows far better shade the gigantic portions of dialogues and OFF narratives

    And although in “Jimmy P” the director Arnaud Desplechin is displaced (as it is a film by writers), is redeemed in very great shape with the rebuilding of flashbacks and memories or dreams that we see occasionally , which are excellent and much better than the conventional flashbacks of the very good “Her” and “Oblivion “, in fact “Jimmy P” is at the level of “Byzantium” with the protagonist contemplating the past as if he were there

    “Jimmy P” is a masterful film. It is true that occasionally the movie diverted to other issues (eg wife Gina McKee, or psychologist Amalric with his problems with his legality) not to choke the viewer with the same, but are still ornaments (McKee has very little depth to be memorable). Also the end of the film is adequate and not spectacular, after all could not end any other way for a movie like this. But these problems are very easy to forget because there are excellent performances, an excellent relationship between patient and physician, precise dialogues , intriguing flashbacks; all the characters speak it is interesting. Not many want to see a movie that relies on dialogue, does not qualify as an intellectual film, but it’s a rewarding experience to see

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