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2013 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

Benicio Del Toro plays a post-traumatic, migraine not-too-happy patient, while Mathieu Amalric takes on the role of the sympathetic, non-traditional psychotherapist in Arnaud Desplechin’s first foray into English-language territory. An oddly subdued, oddly titled Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) almost lands with a thud among our critics panel – with many matching the film to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master for how the epoque stands out, and by comparison, I think its safe to say bears little resemblance to Desplechin’s previous numbers (apart from the heavy dialogue and his usual muse Amalric). Click below to see how our panel graded the film.

Critics' Panel Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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