Jimmy P.

Synopsis: A troubled Native American veteran forms an extraordinary friendship with his maverick French psychoanalyst as they try to find a cure to his suffering.
Director(s): Arnaud Desplechin
Production: IFC Films
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

I'm adding catatonia

and autistic withdrawal...

I'm afraid it rather

sounds like mental disorder.


the guys says he doesn't

know if he's awake or dreaming.

So you have, cat and rat case.

You mean... schizophrenia?

Gentlemen, we were supposed

to create a haven here.

For every man.

Have we ever treated an...?


We only have one Indian.

The catatonic.

Shelling in Okinawa.

Dear sir,

Dr. Menninger suggested

that I write to you.

We have an Indian patient

who in terms of our usual criteria,

may conceivably be psychotic.

At the same time, it is possible

that we maybe misevaluating

his psychiatric status

since he maybe merely an Indian,

whose personality and behavior

we do not fully understand.

For this reason, a consultation

with an anthropologist is required.

Dr. RR Holt, reporting to

the the ward physician.


It's for me.

(Thank you).

Georges Devereux speaking.

What a pain to have

to call you in a bar.

Oh Karl , my friend.

I'm a bit pissed at you these days,

but it's great to hear your voice.

What's new in Topeka?

Well I'll look into that...

Did you get our letter

from our psychologist?

Dr. Holt got it.

And it happens that

I am free at the moment.

Well don't get carried away.

I still can't bring you aboard here.

All we need is a

psychiatric evaluation.

We have an Indian here.

Which ethnic group?

I'm looking at the report now...

- Siksika.

- A blackfoot!

Don't tell me you know the blackfoot.

Two weeks ago, Margaret Mead

came to town and

told me fascinating

things about the Blackfoot.

The family structure is

so close to the Mojaves.

I'm sure you'll be able

to lend us a hand.

The administration

has agreed to one

or two consultations.

Three days tops.

Yeah I have the flight

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Sherman Alexie

Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. (born October 7, 1966) is a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker. His writings draw on his experiences as an Indigenous American with ancestry from several tribes. He grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and now lives in Seattle, Washington.His best-known book is The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a collection of short stories. It was adapted as the film Smoke Signals (1998), for which he also wrote the screenplay. His first novel Reservation Blues received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards. His first young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), is a semi-autobiographical novel that won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Odyssey Award as best 2008 audiobook for young people (read by Alexie). His 2009 collection of short stories and poems, War Dances, won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.Alexie is the guest editor of the 2015 Best American Poetry. more…

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