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17. 'Jimmy P'
Release date: N/A (Debuted at 2013 Cannes Film Festival)
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Benecio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric
Why it's terrible: It seems that every major festival always has an entry either in competition or part of the general program that is so terrible you wonder how on earth it was even selected. For the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, that honor went - hands down - to "Jimmy P." Directed by previous Cannes participant Desplechin ("A Christmas Tale"), "Jimmy" tells the "true story" of Georges Devereux, a French pioneer of psychoanalysis who makes breakthroughs with a Native American WWII vet in Kansas in 1948. The film has almost zero tension. Amalric's English -- even with a french accent - is god awful and Del Toro's (is it American Indian? Is it Mid Western? Does Desplechin even know?) is comical. And let's not even start with the dream sequences. The movie isn't even pretty to look at. The production design looks cheap or fake (take your pic) and you know you've got a problem when the still photography of the movie looks better than the movie itself. "Jimmy P" is supposed to hit theaters in New York this February. You've been warned.
- Gregory Ellwood