Update: Read our review here.
There are so many potentially great films screening at Cannes that, in the mess of things, a title or two — no matter how thrilling! — will get a bit lost. I’m sorry to say that one has been Jimmy P., the next picture from French master Arnaud Desplechin that stars Benicio Del Toro as a World War II veteran seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress, aided by a French doctor (Mathieu Amalric) — which could sound basic on paper, but, following the director’s internationally beloved A Christmas Tale, has the makings of greatness.
You won’t get a good deal from this French trailer (subtitling Jimmy P. with Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), an absolutely serviceable, if slightly touchy-feely bit of business that looks to sand down some otherwise-expected edges. Two clips, on the other hand, grant a more generous window into Desplechin‘s mastery of the form — a deliberate balance of editing rhythms and patterns with visually sound compositions. Is it just me, or can you feel a bit of the touch from co-writer / master critic Kent Jones at these points?
How does Desplechin’s new film appear to be shaping up, based on these peeks?