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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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Beatrice Saulnier
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Henry Harriston
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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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BEF 7,410,000 (Belgium)
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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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Over ambitious film under delivers.
13 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

The premise is a little unrealistic, that a uber-psychiatrist would temporarily abandon his Manhattan practice to switch apartments for a month in Paris-a switch with an unknown woman made through the newspaper. Incroyable!!!

But when you have a chance to make a film with two Academy Award winners, Juliette Binoche and William Hurt, set both in New York and Paris, who would pass the chance? Chantal Ackerman could not, the opportunity to make her first English speaking film a bonus.

The film is a reminder of how difficult it is to cross the pond movie-wise. Nuance and sub-text is awkward or incomprehensible here-the threads on which the movie is woven are frassled.

This artsy little film survives entirely on Binoche's vitality, her French innocence and enthusiasm dominates every negative New York influence her character encounters.

It fails most everywhere else, sadly.


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