Jimmy P

Jimmy P

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Jimmy Picard, a Native American Blackfoot who fought in France during WWII, is admitted to Topeka Military Hospital in Kansas, an institution specializing in mental illness. Although he does not suffer any psychological causes for his painful symptoms, 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.
ISBN: 9780788618093
Branch Call Number: JIMMY P
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
4 3/4 in.,rda
1 videodisc (approximately 117 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 18, 2017

This is a story about a Failed European psychoanalysis who leaves Europe because he can't get certified. He becomes a anthropologist. While he is out of work hanging out in a bars, his friend phones him to give him a job at a vet hospital who just got a Blackfoot patient. The Dr. is a proud woman beater who tells Jimmy that it is his history to beat and mistreat women. Which really has no part in Blackfoot culture as they respect women. Del Toro looks nothing like a Blackfoot but fills all the stereotypes in his portrayal. I do mean poor, his acting as a very stoic Indian with broken english. The Indigenous actors are very good in this film and creditable, too bad the script was so poor and didn't feature more of them. The racism in the health system is very true as it is still the same today for Indigenous Peoples. Mostly this film is about what this anthropologist thinks Indians are about. Jimmy realizes he will not get help here and comes to analyze his own dreams and thereby get healthy. Therefore, the hospital ends up giving the Anthropologist a full time job setting him up for life. Jimmy P. loses his vet benefits and returns to his relations to live a good life, we hope.

Nov 10, 2016

Michelle Thrush was also in this movie. She played Jimmy P's sister. I have seen this movie twice and it was a great independent movie. Plus Jennifer Podemski was also in the movie. The actors did an excellent job with their roles.

Aug 12, 2016

I found it slow yet stayed with it. BdToro is gifted.

Jan 24, 2015

Tour-de-force film dealing with PTSD well before the term was coined and understood.

Del Toro and Amalric are masterful, and the screenplay is superb.

The film is based upon a true story, and will appeal to the thinking man. Personally....as an American I am embarrassed that such a film has been ignored while winning high praise from the French.

IFC continues to please while the big Hollywood studios continue to produce soulless dreck to this self absorbed Nation of idiots.

Jan 19, 2015

two very good actors and a very interesting and well done true story.

Dec 30, 2014

Some people would wonder why a film like this should be made at all. And I personally think perhaps it should be done as a documentary, which it is not. As a two-person film, it is fairly uneventful. But people who don't mind a slow drama with a PTS touch may still find something in it.

Nov 15, 2014

I absolutely loved this film! very well done! Superb story and acting! Great cultural, psychological, and anthropoligical prospectives. I highly recommend it!

Oct 27, 2014

Not a great film. It ends awkwardly, the sub-plot is pointless and some of it didn't quite make sense in retrospect. Del Toro is fantastic in a quiet role. The late Misty Upham has a small role and is good, but its a very small part. However the DVD has an interview with Upham that is very touching and sad after her recent passing. And she is correct, there has never been (as far as I know) and should be a romantic film about two people who happen to be Native Americans in the modern world.

Oct 06, 2014

This was a great film for watching too great actors Mathieu Amalric and Benicio Del Toro conversing as psychiatrist and patient as they try to find the source of Del Toro’s psychic pain. The story of Del Toro’s life is interesting, but the real delight of the film is to watch the two actors play way outside their previous roles. This is the first film I’ve seen Amalric speaking English and the only film I have seen Del Toro speaking with a Native American dialect. I suspect these two actors took these roles because they seemed to be challenging.

harrybrowne Aug 18, 2014

Compelling true story. Beautifully filmed, direction slow but steady. Yet curiously flat, feels unfinished. Seems too easy although it is true that acknowledging and releasing emotions such as repressed anger can cause symptoms (in his case, migraines) to disappear.

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