Best and Worst films of Cannes 2013
Worst: 'Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)'
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Gina McKee
Why: Arnaud Desplechin is one of France's most elegant and articulate auteurs, creating bustling social canvasses rich in heart and humor -- but when he strays outside his native language, all his gifts seem to desert him. 2000's "Esther Kahn" was a disappointment, but this inert biographical drama was a disaster. The true story of a Native American WWII veteran nursed from the brink of a mental meltdown by an unconventional European psychoanalyst, it's been Desplechin's passion project for two decades, but the weakly dramatized results make it impossible to tell why the material so engaged him -- while Amalric and Del Toro, both usually such charismatic performers, compete for who can give the most irritatingly mannered (and bizarrely accented) performance.
- Guy Lodge