Tuesday, March 11

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Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian


Area Premiere March 7–13

(2013) dir Arnaud Desplechin w/Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Gina McKee, Larry Pine, Michelle Thrush [117 min; DCP]
In “one of the most unexpected and inspiring movie pairings in recent memory (The Village Voice),” JIMMY P. stars Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a true story about two very different men who build a unique and powerful bond through psychotherapy.

Del Toro plays Jimmy Picard, a Native American Blackfoot and WWII vet, who is plagued by excruciating headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams. When he lands at a military hospital that struggles to understand his condition – no apparent brain damage, no sign of schizophrenia – the administration calls in French anthropologist and Native American researcher Georges Devereux (Amalric) to help make sense of their baffling patient. Through increasingly vivid conversation, Picard and Devereux develop a compelling friendship as they embark on an exploration of Jimmy’s memories and dreams, an experiment they conduct like a couple of detectives in this intelligent and extraordinarily moving film from Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale, Kings and Queen).

“Marvelous. Poignant. Extraordinarily idiosyncratic.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment

“Offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.” —Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“Del Toro and Amalric’s concentrated performances — the former resigned and shell-shocked, the latter agitated and servile — have an anguished grandeur.” —Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“If you want to see one of the best performances of 2013 in a film almost no one saw (really, Oscar voters?), catch this gem at the Brattle Thea­tre.” —James Verniere, Boston Herald

“[Desplechin] is a precise and observant filmmaker.” —Ty Burr, The Boston Globe


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