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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

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 ... 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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NIGHT AND DAY
by Cole Porter
Performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Copyright HARMS Inc.
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Under developed, badly written "comedy"
15 March 2002 | by donalohanlonSee all my reviews

"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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