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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.

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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 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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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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NIGHT AND DAY
by Cole Porter
Performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Copyright HARMS Inc.
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Juliette Bincoche is a delight
14 November 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Dr. Henry Harriston, a psychoanalyst, is so sick of his patients he puts an ad in the Herald-Tribune asking to swap his New York apartment for one in Paris. Beatrice, who answers the ad because her friend Anne lives in New York, seems to get the better part of the deal. Dr. Harriston has a fabulous apartment and Beatrice's building is noisy and falling apart. Then Dr. Harriston's patients start showing up at his place. Also, Dr. Harriston's dog Edgard is lethargic and has intestinal problems. Meanwhile, Beatrice has a number of men after her, mostly borderline insane.

Juliette Binoche is pretty and so charming, and she really shows genuine concern for Dr. Harriston's patients--one in particular. Richard Jenkins does something unique and unexpected as one of the patients. And William Hurt eventually does show his talent as well. Most of the leading actors gave good performances.

The first half was quite funny, but the second half leaned more toward drama. Though there were funny moments, such as when Dr. Harriston tried to carry on a conversation with his friend Dennis while Dennis was taking an order at a restaurant.

The ending was very sweet. Overall, this film was worth seeing.


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Release Date:

21 February 1996 (Belgium) See more »

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