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Un divan à New York (1996)

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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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Chantal Akerman

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Chantal Akerman (scenario), Jean-Louis Benoît (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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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

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Germany | Belgium

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 February 1996 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A Couch in New York See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

VIA CON ME
by Paolo Conte
© BMG Ricordi sps
c/o BMG Music Publishing France
(P) Lasi Wesi records
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Over ambitious film under delivers.
13 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee 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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