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Arnaud Desplechin


Director(s): Arnaud Desplechin

Main cast: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric

Short synopsis : Based on a true story – the development of an extraordinary friendship between a troubled Native American veteran and his maverick French psychoanalyst.

Long synopsis : At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard, a Native American Blackfoot who fought in France, is admitted to Topeka Military Hospital in Kansas – an institution specializing in mental illness. Jimmy suffers from numerous symptoms: dizzy spells, temporary blindness, hearing loss… and withdrawal. In the absence of any physiological causes, he is diagnosed as schizophrenic. Nevertheless, the hospital management decides to seek the opinion of Georges Devereux, a French anthropologist, psychoanalyst and specialist in Native American culture. JIMMY P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) tells the story of the encounter and developing friendship between two men who would never normally have met, and who appear to have nothing in common. Together, they embark on an exploration of Jimmy’smemories and dreams, an experiment they conduct like a couple of detectives, and with an ever-growing complicity.


  • Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Larry Pine, Gina McKee


  • Producer(s): Pascal Caucheteux, Jennifer Roth, Grégoire Sorlat
  • Director(s): Arnaud Desplechin
  • Screenplay: Arnaud Desplechin
  • DP: Stéphane Fontaine
  • Editing: Laurence Briaud
  • Original Music: Howard Shore
  • Set Design: Dina Goldman

  • Production company: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS
  • Duration: 114 min
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