THE PLOT THUS FAR
At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard (Academy Award®*-winner Benicio Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot, is admitted to a military hospital. Suffering from headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams, Jimmy’s unusual symptoms classify him as schizophrenic by the confused medical staff. Enter French anthropologist and Native American researcher Georges Devereux (Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), who helps Jimmy navigate the labyrinth of his troubled memories and visions, leading to a compelling and surprising friendship. Featuring one of the most unexpected and inspiring movie pairings in recent memory (The Village Voice), JIMMY P is an intelligent and extraordinarily moving film from the director of A Christmas Tale.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Jimmy P” is a fascinating look at early efforts to treat PTSD and socio-political issues in minority veterans. Benecio del Toro plays a Blackfoot tribe member that gets drafted in World War II. He gets a head injury in France that leads to him being treated by a specialist when he returns to America. When Mathieu Amalric shows up, we get to really break down what makes Jimmy tick. It’s the usual Good Will Hunting style stuff with an Indian.
Benecio Del Toro is really dominating recently and no one is giving him the credit he deserves. Sure, the guy won early for “Traffic”, but the level of work has not dropped off in the slightest. Needless to say, this movie played small and was ignored by a great deal of people. If you have a shred of taste in your withered old bones, you’ll go hunt this one down.
The DVD comes with an interview, featurette and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality was better than I expected. The Dolby 5.1 track gave a proper sense of staging. Plus, the transfer didn’t sport any issues. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 06/17/2014