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A Couch in New York (1996)
"Un divan à New York" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 February 1996 (Belgium)
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Dr. Henry Harriston is a successful psychoanalyst in New York City. When he is near a nervous breakdown, he arranges to change his flat with Beatrice Saulnier from France for a while. Both ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Beatrice Saulnier
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Henry Harriston
Stephanie Buttle ...
Anne
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Lizbeth Honeywell
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Dennis
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Campton
Kent Broadhurst ...
Tim
Matthew Burton ...
Wood
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Stein
Bernard Breuse ...
Jerôme
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Restaurant Patron
Boris Leskin ...
Cab Driver #1
Tiffany Fraser ...
Julie (as Tiffany Frazer)
Wendy Way ...
Employee at Airport
Jerry Dean ...
Cab Driver #2
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Dr. Henry Harriston is a successful psychoanalyst in New York City. When he is near a nervous breakdown, he arranges to change his flat with Beatrice Saulnier from France for a while. Both don't know each other and both find themselves deeply involved into the social settings of the other, because the decision to change their flats is made overnight. Could be the perfect amusement, but suddenly Henry finds himself beaten up by Beatrice' lover and Beatrice is considered to be Dr. Harriston's substitute by his clients. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Chantal Akerman has since criticized her actors, William Hurt and Juliette Binoche, for not helping her promote the movie, after early mixed reception and production problems. Akerman has since said that both actors were difficult to work with and that Binoche was "as cold as an ice cube". See more »

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BACHIANA BRASILEIRA no 1
by Heitor Villa-Lobos (as EITOR VILLA LOBOS)
Performed by Galina Vishnevskaya (as GALINA VICHNEVSKAÏA), soprano,, and Mstislav Rostropovich (as MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVITCH), violoncelle
© Campbell Connely
(P) Melodya BMG France
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Wow!
20 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film seems to be a litmus test of some kind. The majority of viewers, both prof. critics and laypeople, don't like. But a sizable minority, like me, are ga-ga over it. I find it funnier and more intelligent each time I watch it. I liked it the first, but it has gotten better each of the four times I have watched it since.

Juliette Binoche is an absolute revelation as an actress. Watch her facial expressions change instantly as she responds to other people. She is marvelous. There is an incredibly funny dialogue between her and her French friend who lives in US, played by an actress, also very good, whose last name, i believe, is Buttle. Many of the commentators seem to believe that this dialogue shows the two women to be stupid, but I disagree. What the whole film slyly hints at is the stupidity of conventional, sectarian, ideologically driven psychoanalysis. These women, in their innocence of ideology, see thru the veil.

As does Beatrice in her role as makeshift therapist. What makes her a wonderful therapist is her RESPONSIVENESS, as indicated above, to what is happening in the moment with each patient as an individual. Unhampered by rigid doctrine, she gives each what they need, not a load of ideology. I would love to see the actual script, but haven't been able to find it.


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