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Desplechin’s underwhelming “Ismael’s Ghosts” opens up CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

A messy film
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Amalric
Directed by Arnaud Desplechins

Disappointment, “Ismael’s Ghosts” is not the near-perfect film that “My Golden Days,” which screened at Cannes last year, was. Desplechin’s new film, which launched this year's Cannes Film Festival this morning (Cannes is celebrating seventy this year) is sketchy and brutal and impertinent and camp. It has some grand, theatrical dialogue (and it works well), like its predecessor from last year, ... more >

Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

Freudian therapy is alive and well
Mathieu Amalric and Benicio del Toro
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

Right after World War II Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Blackfoot Indian who fought in France, is admitted to a military hospital in Topeka, Kansas. The institution is specialized in brain diseases and Jimmy Picard suffers from many problems : dizziness, temporary blindness, and hearing loss (a case of post-traumatic stress disorder?). In the absence of physiological causes, he’s given a ... more >

Benicio Del Toro attached to Desplechin movie

It'll be his first time appearing in a French production

Actor Benicio Del Toro has been attached to appear in Jimmy Picard, an upcoming film by French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale). Jimmy Picard is the adaptation of "Reality and Dream: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" by the anthropologist George Devereux. Picard, played by Del Toro, is an Indian from the Blackfoot tribe who suffers from neuroses and alcoholism after fighting in World ... more >