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A Couch in New York (1996)

Un divan à New York (original title)
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A psychoanalyst in NYC exchanges apartment with a woman in Paris. When his patients show up, they talk to her and then pay. He returns early to NYC and becomes a patient.

Director:

Chantal Akerman

Writers:

Chantal Akerman (scenario), Jean-Louis Benoît (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Beatrice Saulnier
William Hurt ... Henry Harriston
Stephanie Buttle Stephanie Buttle ... Anne
Barbara Garrick ... Lizbeth Honeywell
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dennis
Richard Jenkins ... Campton
Kent Broadhurst ... Tim
Matthew Burton ... Wood
Henry Bean ... Stein
Bernard Breuse Bernard Breuse ... Jerôme
Adam LeFevre ... Restaurant Patron
Boris Lyoskin ... Cab Driver #1 (as Boris Leskin)
Tiffany Fraser Tiffany Fraser ... Julie (as Tiffany Frazer)
Wendy Way Wendy Way ... Employee at Airport
Jerry Dean Jerry Dean ... Cab Driver #2
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Storyline

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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A Man... A Woman... A Dog... The perfect combination for romance...

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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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 »

Quotes

Beatrice Saulnier: Freud and all this stuff, it's very enlightening, huh?
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Soundtracks

NIGHT AND DAY
by Cole Porter
Performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Copyright HARMS Inc.
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User Reviews

some strange/corny dialogue, but I can't bring myself to give a JB film a bad score
4 December 1999 | by Steve CSee all my reviews

I'm totally biased. Not objective or dispassionate. Juliette Binoche is my favorite actress of all time and every time I see her do anything on screen it's captivating. And William Hurt is one of my favorite actors. And the idea for the film was a very good one, however I think the french writer must have been resposible for most of the dialogue because a lot of it is nonsensical/out of place.

That said, nice little stories like these (not cheesy, just "light") are one of the resons why I love film. I think of Chacun Cherche son Chat for the epitome of what I'm talking about...I saw this with my gf (now wife) at the Kabuki in SF and we both had a great time.


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Release Date:

21 February 1996 (Belgium) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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