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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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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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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

NIGHT AND DAY
by Cole Porter
Performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Copyright HARMS Inc.
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Beatutiful, artistic, sparkling and unique
11 September 2004 | by reginseSee all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie isn't more popular. William Hurt plays wonderfully sensitive and sincere. Juliette Binoche is charming and natural. The story is like a book. And the filmmakers and photographers have caught the moments just right. The lines and words are not pathetic: they are intelligent and honest.

I love this film. I have seen it several times and Cole Porters "Night and day" suits the film and actors really well.

I give this film top score for seeing the special art and beauty of living. Few movies catches the small deatils like this one: In colours, quite comfortable moments, moods, real life-pictures and honest life-image.

Thank you very much, filmmakers, actors, storytellers, composers and photographers for reminding us how beautiful life can be.


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