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Jimmy P. (2013)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 612 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 11 September 2013 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 117 min
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Jimmy P. (2013)


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  • IMDb page: Jimmy P. (2013)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 612 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 11 September 2013 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Filming Location: Michigan, USA
  • Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $9,324 (USA) (14 February 2014)
  • Director: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Gina McKee | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Howard Shore   
  • Soundtrack: Symphony no 40 in G Minor (Andante)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Arnaud Desplechin  writer
  • Kent Jones  co-writer
  • Julie Peyr  co-writer

Known Trivia

    Plot: A Native American Veteran suffering from a series of psychological issues develops a deeply powerful friendship with his progressive French psychoanalyst as they discover and attempt to understand the source of his illness. |  »

    Story: A Native American Veteran suffering from a series of psychological issues develops a deeply powerful friendship with his progressive French psychoanalyst as they discover and attempt to understand the source of his illness.

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Alexis Arnold known as line producer
    • Pascal Caucheteux known as producer
    • Molly Conners known as executive producer
    • Ben Limberg known as executive producer
    • Patrick Milling Smith known as executive producer
    • Alexandre Nazarian known as creative consultant
    • Jennifer Roth known as producer
    • Kamen Velkovsky known as associate producer
    • Christopher Woodrow known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Benicio Del Toro known as Jimmy Picard
    • Mathieu Amalric known as Georges Devereux
    • Gina McKee known as Madeleine
    • Larry Pine known as Dr. Karl Menninger
    • Joseph Cross known as Dr. Holt
    • Gary Farmer known as Jack
    • Michelle Thrush known as Gayle Picard
    • Misty Upham known as Jane
    • Jennifer Podemski known as Doll
    • Michael Greyeyes known as Allan
    • A Martinez known as Bear Willie Claw
    • Arnold Agee known as Bartender
    • Jesse Arehart-Jacobs known as Puppeteer
    • Elya Baskin known as Dr. Jokl
    • Loren Bass known as Neurologist
    • Anton Bassey known as Sam
    • Eric Baughman known as Guard
    • Linda Boston known as Head of Admissions
    • Stephen Bridgewater known as Officer
    • Barton Bund known as Radiologist
    • Shayanna Campbell known as Mary-Lou 11 Years Old
    • Chris Carlson known as Bear
    • Ryan Diamond known as Extra – Student
    • John Dickerson known as Patient
    • Julie Sifuentes Etheridge known as Avy Spring
    • Lily Gladstone known as Sunshine First Raise
    • Joseph Grady known as Native American Lawyer
    • Ladonna Graham known as Teller
    • Amy Grant known as Gayle 19 Years Old
    • Matthew Géczy known as Sergeant Major Bob
    • Randi Kennerly known as Mary-Lou 14 Years Old
    • Lise Lacasse known as Miss Wharton
    • Taras Los known as Desmond
    • Ian McCamy known as American Soldier
    • Andrew Bruce Mitchell II known as Puppeteer
    • Danny Mooney known as Eric McMurphy
    • Dennis North known as Dr. Braatoy
    • Jim Ochs known as Bartender
    • Samantha Reed known as Older Sister
    • Scott Thrun known as Sergeant
    • Curtis Lee Vest known as Bar Patron
    • Inga R. Wilson known as Alma
    • Dana Blackstone known as Nurse (uncredited)
    • Marc Bowers known as Patient (uncredited)
    • Caitlin Burt known as Nurse (uncredited)
    • Nate Hatton known as Med Student (uncredited)
    • Judy Jones known as Nun at School (uncredited)
    • Ralph H. Meyer known as Rancher (uncredited)
    • Nicholas Ritz known as Barber Shop Patron (uncredited)
    • Jason Stoneking known as Minesweeper (uncredited)
    • Susu Tobia known as Doll's Friend (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Gary Burton known as hair stylist
    • Clifton Chippewa known as hair stylist
    • Kevin J Edwards known as key hair stylist
    • David Presto known as special effects makeup
    • Bree Shea known as key makeup artist
    • Julie Socash known as makeup department head
    • Robert Wilson known as dept. head hairstylist

    Art Department:

    • Derek Berk known as set dresser
    • David H. Bollman known as scenic artist
    • David H. Bollman known as taxidermist
    • Robert Brenner known as shop foreman
    • Sean Clouser known as construction coordinator
    • Michael Cory known as property master
    • Jeff Cronin known as location foreman
    • Jody Gaber known as art department coordinator
    • Allison Good known as art department intern
    • Jason Helton known as plasterer
    • Sandhya Huchingson known as set dresser
    • J.D. Jacoby known as on set dresser: Montana
    • Nancy Janosi known as painter
    • Casey Kaufman known as set dec buyer
    • Jamie Klenk known as art production assistant
    • Mark Kwiatkowski known as set dresser
    • Vikki M. Magdich known as construction assistant
    • Ronit Pinto known as set dresser: swing
    • Chelsea Rebecca known as art department intern
    • Aferdita Redmond known as lead scenic
    • Brittin Richter known as assistant property master
    • Mark Sanger known as on-set dresser
    • Mark Sejnowski known as painter
    • Zach Smith known as set dresser
    • Megan Soderberg known as set dec pa
    • Kim Thrasher known as assistant set decorator
    • Michael Trosper known as props
    • Naia Venturi known as puppet maker
    • Dana Vreede known as art department
    • Michael A. Watt known as leadman
    • Katrina Whalen known as factotum
    • Derek Wilga known as utility foreman
    • Jerome Wilga known as utility
    • Mary Chmelko-Jaffe known as props assistant (uncredited)




    Production Companies:

    • Why Not Productions
    • Worldview Entertainment
    • Orange Studio (co-production)
    • France 2 Cinéma (co-production)
    • Hérodiade (co-production)
    • Le Pacte (co-production)
    • Canal+ (participation)
    • Ciné+ (participation)
    • France Télévisions (participation)
    • Smuggler Films (participation)

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • DDA Public Relations (DDA)  public relations: Worldview Entertainment
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Howe Records  soundtrack
    • Montana Film Office  special thanks
    • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
    • Studio Line  sound post-production (ISDN/ADR)


    • IFC Films (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Le Pacte (2013) (France) (theatrical)
    • Lumière (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
    • Lumière (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2013) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East, North Africa & Iran)
    • Lumière Home Entertainment (2014) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Vértigo Films (2014) (Spain) (all media)
    • Zon Audiovisuais (2013) (Portugal) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Cyrille Bonjean known as visual effects artist
    • Sophie Denize known as visual effects producer
    • Cédric Fayolle known as visual effects supervisor
    • Etienne Grandou known as visual effects coordinator
    • Damien Hurgon known as digital compositor



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. sfviewer123 from Pennsylvania, United States
      19 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

      An intellectual labor of love in which the director tries to recreatethe psychotherapeutic relationship between a French psychoanalyst (inreality a Hungarian-German Jew who converted to Christianity) and aBlackfoot Indian vet suffering from inexplicable symptoms in the late1940s in a VA hospital in Topeka, Kansas.

      Played by Benicio del Toro (who is Puerto Rican) and Mathieu Almaric(who is half-French half-Polish Jewish), the film drags at times butdoes delve into some interesting psychological (although of course itgoes *much* more seamlessly/painlessly than most analyses in reality).

      Almaric's character wins over Del Toro's with his initial knowledge ofNative American cultures (actually Mojave but there are parallels tothe Blackfoot). From there he tries to synthesize his anthropologicalknowledge with what seem to be a pretty standard fare of sexualizedFreudian clichés (witnessing the primal scene, explicit discussions ofvaginas (which I thought Del Toro's character spoke about far tooeasily for the mores of that day and age)).

      The relationship between the two men are supposed to be a life-changingevent but I felt the film fell a little short in depicting that reality(also a film review (for which I know the director is not responsible)described their friendship as resulting from their both beingoutsiders, but Almaric's character never reveals his true background(his lover mentions at one point the fact that he changed his name butthat is it, perhaps there were other scenes that didn't make it pastthe editor (I went to the premiere in NYC with the director and mainactors and they said there are a lot of scenes that got cut)).

      In the latter part of the movie there are strong hints that Jimmy's(Del Toro's character) headaches, fits of rage and alcoholic binges arethe result of systematic sociopolitical mistreatment of nativeAmericans but the subject is only strongly hinted at, not reallydiscussed explicitly by Jimmy in any deep or meaningful way. This wasto me perhaps more interesting than the anthropological Freudianism ofthe first 90 minutes of the film, but the director was trying to adhereto a book on the subject and real-life events (psychology back then waseven more grossly unaware of psychopolitical factors compared to now).

      Perhaps subtly discourages the notion that Jimmy is suffering from PTSD(a diagnosis which did not exist at the time, but the phrase "shellshock" is not used either) because he never saw combat or killed anyone(he was involved in mine-clearing operations after the German retreat).Also interesting insofar as his injury was to his head, thus perhapsimplicitly challenging the often presumed relationship nowadays in vetsbetween TBI (traumatic brain injury) and PTSD? (Then again the directorwas following real-life events so I don't know his intentionality.)

      A worthwhile film but a little odd insofar as it (to me)underemphasizes the ethnocultural forces in the characters in favor ofa "special friendship" (in a universalized way) despite the fact thatit is the decultured nature of American psychiatry which was at theroot of doctors' inability to help Jimmy in the first place. Alsocouldn't stand the way a couple of actors (thinking of Almaric andJoseph Cross specifically) who think that acting means being as anxiousand/or intense as possible in every scene.

      P.S. The film does drag a bit (114 minutes) (I'm not someone whonormally complains about "art-house" films with slower (French) pacingeither.)

    2. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU from Olliergues, France
      19 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

      Based on a true story, this film is a documentary fiction. A BlackfootIndian who has fought in France in the Second World War and had had anaccident there that let him comatose for a couple of days experiencesgreat behavior disorder when back I n the USA. He is treated in Topeka,Kansas, as a veteran and they come to the conclusion that there isnothing physiologically wrong with him and at the same time thediagnosis that comes next, that of schizophrenia, does not accommodateall the symptoms. The boss of this military hospital knows a Frenchanthropologist, trained as a psychoanalyst, in New York and he inviteshim for a couple of consultations with the patient. From a couple itwill lead to a few dozens if not more, one a day for a rather longperiod.

      At the time psychoanalysis could only look for personal disorders atthe sexual level having to do with parents, infancy, childhood, andthen women (for men). The case concentrates on women and the patientfinds some relief in that approach. This is very interesting how theanthropologist who is a specialist of come North American Indians, theMojave actually, uses his knowledge of Indian culture and one languageto build some trust between him and the Indian and on the basis of thattrust he is able to penetrate the private life and mind of the Indian.But he does not really use the understanding of Indian culture to seewhat is shown in the film but not exploited at all, the fact that theIndians are systematically negated in their culture by all kinds ofinstitutions. We can see in the film the fact that this militaryhospital for veterans does not have one Indian nurse or doctor able tounderstand the alienation of Indians in white society. Then you havethe daughter of the Indian who is in the hands of catholic nuns for hereducation. Then you could speak of the way these Indians dress in themost white American way possible, with ties, shirts, suits, and thegirls the very same way with scarves, dresses, etc. Hair cuts arestandard north American.

      At the same time this Indian cannot get money at the post office or thebank without a good Caucasian (not North American since the Frenchdoctor is able to do it) signing for him. A white nurse tells theIndian a tall tale one day in another hospital where he is supposed togo through special tests, and she cannot in any way ignore that whatshe is telling him is B.S. And even the French doctor who was called inbecause he was an anthropologist who had spent two years with theMojave Indians, at the end, asserts that he did not help the Indianbecause he was an Indian but because he was suffering. In other wordshe negates his own expertise. And that is justified in his mind becausehe did think his expertise was not with Indian culture (that was only ameans to build trust) but psychoanalysis. He even, early in the film,creates some blurred situation when he advocates the typically Frenchgodless secular philosophy to an Indian who declares himself a Catholicthough he knows about old Indian religions that he has "rejected" underthe influence of course, but not of alcohol this time. It is alsocalled duress.

      The problem we are dealing with here is Post Traumatic Stress Syndromeof American Indians who have been vastly exterminated, then locked upin reservations under rules that forced them to drop their cultures,their dances and their languages, to get educated and integrated in theAmerican society, language, culture and all. What is the intention ofArnaud Desplechin? To remain as close as possible to the way the casewas treated at the time? Maybe but naïve since the audience cannot sortout the real stake here. Yet it is surprising he does not use what hasbecome standard today over the last ten years. It is called thedecolonization of the mind. He only shows how the Indian mind iscolonized and never questions his psychoanalytical approach that makesthe syndrome the result of personal sexual problems.

      Dr Jacques COULARDEAU

    3. redber from Canada
      19 Feb 2014, 6:00 am

      Why? Go and see why. Why? It is a question everyone loves to ask, buthates to hear. But this'll Jimmy P. sure rhymes the answer, withoutmeaning or an understood crowd. Scratch, scratch. Sigh and nudge. Well,it was worth anticipation. But not worth imagining. No, it is not anyMary Poppins trip. People asking this question will be fulfilled withsatisfaction from the disappointment in the opening 2 minutes.

      Unprecedented, Breathtaking Masterpiece, Glimmering Cinematic Shine …it Sinks. No Titanic. No rock. Not a dog. It sinks like Jimmy. P. downan endless well with no drop or echo. Hollow, yet full. Full ofemptiness in such a sun dried story. Elementally drowning in a puddleof hypodermic ash.

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