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

This is a true story.


Little Brother!

Hey Jimmy!

Little Brother, wake up!

Wake up!

Come on!

It's time to get up.

Are you still in pain?

Black girls!

Come on!

- You coming to town?

- No.

Cows busted the trough.

Got ot go fix it.

- You wonder I should leave the horse?

- No.

Are you sure?

My headache is coming...

I have the tickets here

for my brother and me.

The army sent them to us. And

I have an authorization letter too.

You've awake now.




You went blind?

Third time this year, sir.

You don't need to "sir" me.

When it happens

does everything go black, or...

It's flecks of light.

But then they go away.

Where were you injured?

In France.

No, I meant

where on your body.

He fractured his skull in the war.

And the Fort Benton VA said that

they couldn't do anything for us so

they sent us here.

That's a long trip.

They even paid for our tickets.

Well, they damn right to.

The Winter Hospital is the

best place in the country

for brain traumas.

After the war, my brother

lost his job with the railroad.

He couldn't hear the trains

anymore, because of his ears.

And then it was his eyes.

The headache are the worse.

He can't even breathe. It scares me.

We keep him with us now, at my ranch.

My husband says the army

didn't do the x-rays right.

Maybe there is a shard of bone

or something that they missed.

Okay, it's on.

We'll run a whole new set of tests

and get you back on your feet.

You fought for your country.

This is the least they can do for you.

If they open my brain

it will kill me.


you can go to church.

Hello, time to go now.

Your brother will be home soon.

It wasn't a life you are living,

you are only half alive.

Next please!

- Name please?

- James Picard.

When were you demobbed?

February 1945.

- Division?

- 66th Armored Regiment. 10 Corp. Corporal.

Do you know your blood type?

No, ma'am.

Are you married?


Any children?

Not exactly.

How can someone

"not exactly" have children?

- Another man brought up my daughter.

- Oh.

Six foot one and a half.

I just want you to describe

the situation you see,

what the people think

and what the outcome is.

You're not answering?

Eyes right.


What do you see on the card?

I'll tell you about a picture

I see every night.

A picture of a high wall.

Long and deep.

And I was standing on top of it.

I always feel like I want to fall off

but I never do.

And here?

Is this a dream that you're telling me?

It's in my head though...

Our x-ray shows no

sign of a current fracture.

Possible traces but

there's a shadow here.

Your guess?

Diploid vascular markings.

Nothing serious.

He was wounded

during the war, wasn't he?

The records unclear.

He supposedly was in a coma

for more than two days but...

I really can't say.

I saw a scar.

He gets disability compensation.

He's definitely partial

hearing loss in the left ear.

The eardrum?

But I found no physiological

explanation for it.

Cerebral activity is perfectly normal.

We could make him some glasses...

He has diplopia or

narrow gaze, that's all.


So we have a vet who is

an invalid in perfect health!

Dr. Holt?

He passed his psychologicals?

Patient refused to comply.

He kept saying his head hurt.

Jokl, have you seen our new recruit?

No. Not yet.

I'm seeing him tomorrow.

But I little listed all symptoms

you have described.

Migraines, diplopia,

bright spots, suffocation,

ventricular pain,

temporary paralysis of the left arm,

hemiplegic sensation.

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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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