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American Indian tale competes at Cannes

It took an international production starring a Puerto Rican and a Frenchman to bring the American Indian tale "Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" to the big screen.

The English language film from French director Arnaud Desplechin made its premiere Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, where it's among 20 movies competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, The Associated Press reports.

It's principally a tete-a-tete between two men: the Blackfoot Indian Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro), who's suffering from head trauma after serving in World War II; and an eager anthropologist and psychologist from France, George Devereux (Mathieu Amalric), who treats him at a Topeka, Kan. military hospital.

"The film has one foot in Europe and one foot in America," Desplechin told reporters Saturday. The "A Christmas Tale" director shot the movie in the Midwest and on a Blackfoot reservation in Montana.

In the genre of psychotherapy films, "Jimmy P." is particularly faithful to the probing dialogue between patient and analyst. It's a case study of a film, adapted from Devereux's 1951 book, "Reality and Dream."

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