Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Jimmy P

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Jimmy P

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JIMMY P.

Directed by Arnaud Desplechin (IFC Films, 2014)

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Every once in a blue moon, Hollywood produces a movie demanding that we not just sit back and be entertained by our fantasies, but that we actually examine ourselves and our society through the lens of our dreams. Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian is one of those films.

French director Arnaud Desplechin's film about the psychoanalysis of Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Blackfoot World War II veteran suffering from catatonia and blinding headaches, seems like a decidedly un-American movie about a real, or native, American--it's a Western and a war story with a Plains Indian for a hero, but without a single cowboy, cavalry charge, or gunfight. Here is a portrayal of an America unrecognizable to John Ford audiences: a place where returning war heroes suffer from a soul sickness; where strangers see us more clearly than we see ourselves; and where what ails us cannot be fixed with a knife or a gun, but only by unmasking our dreams. …

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