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Welcome to New York (2014)

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Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A ... See full summary »

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Abel Ferrara (screenplay), Christ Zois (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Devereaux
Jacqueline Bisset ... Simone
Marie Mouté ... Sophie Devereaux
Paul Calderon ... Pierre
Paul Hipp ... Guy
Pamela Afesi Pamela Afesi ... Maid
Chris Zois Chris Zois ... Chris
Shanyn Leigh ... Female Journalist
Amy Ferguson ... Renee
Ronald Guttman ... Roullot
Emmanuelle Vill Emmanuelle Vill ... Emmanuelle
JD Taylor ... Josh
José Ramón Rosario ... Detective Rosario
Louis Zaneri Louis Zaneri ... Sergeant Landano
Pascal Yen-Pfister ... Hotel Security Chief
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Storyline

Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreamed of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, a rape and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dominique Strauss-Kahn Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Belladonna Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When director Abel Ferrara received a letter from IFC Films, the US distributor, telling the filmmaker to deliver an R-rated version so that it could match the version to be released on Showtime during its pay TV window, the director was disgusted and refused to back down telling THR "Welcome to New York is not being distributed in the U.S. because of this company, IFC, which I'm totally disgusted with." He stated "They knew from day one when they bought this film that they had the final version and that it wasn't going to be changed." See more »

Goofs

When the Detectives are introduced, one is wearing an NYPD Detective Shield (badge), one a Sergeant's Shield. The Sergeant introduces himself to the hotel official as "Lieutenant Landano". Immediately after, he introduces himself to the housekeeper as "Sergeant Landano". See more »

Quotes

Devereaux: Since childhood, I've been brainwashed. By my parents, my teachers.My teachers, my superiors at work.I'm lucky, I'm not a Christian.But I'd like to say this: When I die, I will kiss God's ass forever.I found my God.You.My first God? I didn't find it in a church, but in a classroom.It was idealism. What a magnificent God! To believe everything would be ok. I was in the temple that is university. First as a student, then as a professor. And I allowed myself to be wrapped in that hallowed light. ...
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Alternate Versions

In the US, the MPAA initially rated this NC-17 and required cuts of scenes of sexual assault to gain an 'R' rating, much to the disgust of the director, Abel Ferrara. See more »

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Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #8.158 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE
Written by Abel Ferrara and Neil Benezra
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Gauche, Uninformed and Exhausting

What is this piece of work? An auteur film? A low-budged shock movie like "La Grande Bouffe" or "Baise-moi"? A porno? Whatever the case, this catastrophic film makes you wonder whether Abel Ferrara has really been directing movies for 40 years. Inconsistent characters, uneven editing and dialogue lines that are laughable at best and disturbingly weak at worst make this this movie a really painful experience, like a great romantic Austrian orchestral piece performed out of tune all the way through. The exhaustingly long and slow vampire of a film that is Welcome to New York begs the questions: has the production been rushed for some troubled reason(s)? is that why it backfires on all technical levels? did they use rehearsal footage? is that why the acting is so all over the place? There are, however, a few interesting moments here and there in the film: Depardieu's monologue towards the end of the film, the lighting reflected on Jacqueline Bisset during a quarrel in the couple's home cinema. They're only details, unfortunately, and they're not powerful enough to save the film from drowning. Abel Ferrara proves that being a "unique" artist doesn't make you a "competent" one and, most of all, that you can't always blame gaucherie on art.


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