Del Toro and Desplechin play post-colonial brotherhood in Jimmy P

Benecio Del Toro's Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot tribesman undergoing medical tests at the Menninger Clinic in 1940s Topeka, Kansas, speaks in measured phrases sending his thoughts and feelings through the medium of the white man's dominant English. But this extraordinary characterization also illustrates the physical and psychological effort of cultural assimilation. Del Toro's dark-Brad-Pitt manner has depth, an inner dignity and charm, that Philip Seymour Hoffman's late performances lacked, mostly due to their conception as part of so many fraudulent, alienating, nihilistic movies. The sexless lunacy of PSH's acting praised in so many self-serving obits explains why Del Toro is America's most underappreciated great actor.