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Release Date:
21 February 1996 (Belgium) See more »
A Man... A Woman... A Dog... The perfect combination for romance...
Dr. Henry Harriston is a successful psychoanalyst in New York City. When he is near a nervous breakdown... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Under developed, badly written "comedy" See more (25 total) »


  (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
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
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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Rated R for some language
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Under developed, badly written "comedy", 15 March 2002
Author: donalohanlon from Ireland

"Juliette Binoche cannot act", according to 'anonnymous' below. That is

a ridiculous assertion. As is to link this film with Kieslowski's

'Blue'. The problem with this movie is that neither Binoche nor Hurt are

given the material in the form of a good screenplay nor the direction to

make the film work. It seems to me that Akerman, who is an excellent

director, see La Captive, does not have a good enough command of English

to write a screenplay in the language.

The film, which starts out nicely quickly gets bogged down in the

psychoanalyitical. Endless "yes" and "mmmmm"s loose their amusement

value quickly. The romance angle is badly developed, just why has

Beatrice fallen for John Wire aka Henry? It doesnt work.

But Juliette Binoche can act. In fact in Europe she is regarded with

Isabelle Huppert to be the finest actress working today. But she can

only produce the goods when she is given the material and the careful

direction necessary. Go rent "Rendez-Vous", "The Unbearable Lightness of

Being", "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf", "Three Colours Blue", "Alice &

Martin", "The Widow of Saint-Pierre" and especially "Code Innconnu" and

try arguing otherwise.

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