The 51st New York Film Festival: Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian

The 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF) has opened with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more! Join us here MoviefiedNYC, as we bring you our daily selection of the one film playing today that we think you shouldn’t miss. Happy NYFF!

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Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian directed by Arnaud Desplechin 2013
France | 114 minutes

Arnaud Desplechin and Mathieu Almaric in person on October 1 + 2, Benicio Del Toro in person on October 1!

In the late 1940s, at the progressive Menninger Clinic, two mavericks bonded, not simply as therapist and patient, but as friends united by their personal experiences as outsiders. Arnaud Desplechin’s extraordinarily intelligent and moving adaptation of Georges Devereux’s landmark work of ethnographicpsychoanalysis stars Benecio Del Toro as the titular Jimmy P, a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran suffering from what initially seems like severe posttraumatic stress, and Mathieu Amalric as Devereux, a Hungarian Jew who reinvented himself many times over before coming to the US to study Mohave Indian culture. Both actors are at the top of their game and their interaction makes the best case for the “Talking Cure” ever depicted in a fiction film.

Series: NYFF51: Official Selection
Venue: Howard Gilman Theater, Alice Tully Hall

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