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Director:
Writers:
Chantal Akerman (scenario) &
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Release Date:
21 February 1996 (Belgium) See more »
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A Man... A Woman... A Dog... The perfect combination for romance...
Plot:
Dr. Henry Harriston is a successful psychoanalyst in New York City. When he is near a nervous breakdown... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Romcom sofa spuds will enjoy this couch! See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Juliette Binoche ... Beatrice Saulnier

William Hurt ... Henry Harriston
Stephanie Buttle ... Anne

Barbara Garrick ... Lizbeth Honeywell

Paul Guilfoyle ... Dennis

Richard Jenkins ... Campton
Kent Broadhurst ... Tim
Matthew Burton ... Wood

Henry Bean ... Stein
Bernard Breuse ... Jerôme

Adam LeFevre ... Restaurant Patron
Boris Leskin ... Cab Driver #1
Tiffany Fraser ... Julie (as Tiffany Frazer)
Wendy Way ... Employee at Airport
Jerry Dean ... Cab Driver #2
David S. Lomax ... Cab Driver #3
Jean-Baptiste Filleau ... Julien
Lusako Karonga ... Martin
Blaise Chakir ... Thomas

Bruce Katzman ... Jogger
Michael McCormick ... Man in Central Park
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Rouhani ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
 
Writing credits
Chantal Akerman (scenario) &
Jean-Louis Benoît (scenario)

Chantal Akerman (dialogue)

Produced by
Diana Elbaum .... producer: Belgium
Régine Konckier .... producer
Robin O'Hara .... executive producer: New York
Jean-Luc Ormières .... producer
Jacqueline Pierreux .... producer: Belgium
Ingrid Windisch .... producer: Germany
 
Original Music by
Sonia Wieder-Atherton 
 
Cinematography by
Dietrich Lohmann 
 
Film Editing by
Claire Atherton 
 
Production Design by
Christian Marti 
 
Set Decoration by
Christian Marti 
Patricia Woodbridge 
 
Costume Design by
Stéphane Rollot 
Edith Vesperini 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... hair stylist
Jocelyne Lemery .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Vincent Dachet .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriel Julien-Laferrière .... first assistant director
Harvey Waldman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dierk Grahlow .... assistant construction manager
Michael J. Kinney .... art department assistant
Robert Krüger .... scenic artist
Fabien Lacaf .... storyboard artist
Eric M. Metzger .... leadman
Marcus Preussing .... swing gang (as Marcus Schmidt)
Torsten Schwartz .... lead plasterer
Bettina von den Steinen .... assistant art director
Joey Weber .... property master
Rachael Weinzimer .... assistant property master: New York
 
Sound Department
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Emmanuel Roulot .... boom operator
Pascal Villard .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Holger Delfs .... model maker
Uli Nefzer .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Stracy Diaz .... stunt double
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Franck Fiquet .... electrician
Raymond Fromont .... camera operator
Jim Galvin .... electrician
Eric Gies .... electrician
Serge Hannecart .... assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Lacroix .... gaffer
Heather Norton .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Linda Phillips .... best boy: New York
Mark Schwentner .... gaffer: New York
Eric M. Klein .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Patrick Hella .... belgium casting
Mary Selway .... casting: London
Marcia Shulman .... casting: New York
Jodi Collins .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Ellis .... costumer
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan .... costumer (as Deidra E. Govan)
Mirena Rada .... shopper
Leslie Yarmo .... costume designer: New York
 
Editorial Department
Etienne Boussac .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Laurent Cabasso .... piano
Richard Gallet .... music recording engineer
François Laizeau .... drums
Eric Michon .... music coordinator
Mstislav Rostropovich .... musician: cello
Sonia Wieder-Atherton .... cello
Sonia Wieder-Atherton .... conductor
 
Other crew
Simone Acksel .... production assistant
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Claudia Davids .... production accountant: Germany
Dorothea Hildebrandt .... production coordinator
Michael Charles Hill .... distribution and marketing coordinator
Vernice Klier .... coach: to Mademoiselle Binoche
Andrew Litvack .... scenario translator
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Marni Wilkens .... assistant location manager
Zoe Zurstrassen .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Denis Freyd .... thanks
Romain Goupil .... thanks
Thomas Langmann .... thanks
Jean-François Masson .... thanks
Laurent Vivien .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un divan à New York" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
108 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Romcom sofa spuds will enjoy this couch!, 6 July 2006
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Beatrice (Juliette Binoche) is a free-spirited Parisian woman with plenty of male admirers. The trouble is, she hasn't really returned anyone's affections. When she feels pressured, she decides to swap apartments with a New Yorker for awhile. Henry (William Hurt) is a shrink who also is a bit tired of putting people's lives in order and he believes a trip to Paris will do him good. However, Beatrice is mistaken for a doctor temporarily replacing Henry and is beset with several patients. She listens, she has fun! And, patients hand her the green stuff. Meanwhile, Henry is less than thrilled with Beatrice's noisy apartment and decides to come back to the NY area early. Ah ha! He finds out in short order that Beatrice has been seeing his patients and he decides to pose as one. Let the games begin.

This very French film, told mostly in English, has a sweet charm and a wonderful premise. Binoche graces the film with her loveliness and talent and Hurt gives a likable performance as well. Yes, it is understated and the dialogue seems truncated at times, but the movie has a European flavor that will please those who like it quirky. All other elements, costumes, scenery, and cinematography, are nice, too. If you belong to the group of film enthusiasts which needs a dose of laughs and love every week, find this film in the near future. It is a great movie to watch from a comfortable couch, with or without, a partner.

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