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A Couch in New York
A Couch in New York
Actors: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Stephanie Buttle, Barbara Garrick, Paul Guilfoyle
Director: Chantal Akerman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
R     2000     1hr 48min

A successful New York psychoanalyst nearing a nervous breakdown and his French neighbor make an overnight decision to swap apartments. Neither one knows the other but find themselves deeply involved in their counterpart's...  more »


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Actors: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Stephanie Buttle, Barbara Garrick, Paul Guilfoyle
Director: Chantal Akerman
Creators: Chantal Akerman, Diana Elbaum, Ingrid Windisch, Jacqueline Pierreux, Jean-Luc Ormières, Robin O'Hara, Jean-Louis Benoît
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1997
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A delightful romantic comedy - very feelgood
Nathan Peles | Sydney, Australia | 10/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"William Hurt and Juliette Binoche make a very likeable (thought unexpected) duo in this fun, escapist romantic comedy.
The premise for the story is quite far-fetched - a New York psychiatrist (William Hurt) does an "apartment swap" with a Parisian dancer (Juliette Binoche.) Neither gets what they expected, and soon their paths cross in a series of quirky encouters which lead to romance.
Both actors are very likeable in this film, with Juliette Binoche dispaying here usual "zest for life" style which is very endearing - quite reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn.
The dialogue throughout the file is a mix of English and French, which gives it a very enjoyable European/continental flavour - something cosmopolitan viewers will like. It's a movie that is much more "French" than "American" in style - something you'll either love or won't, depending on your personal taste.
If you enjoyed "The Accidental Tourist" or "Forget Paris" you will most certainly find this refreshing and relaxed romantic comedy a pleasure to watch."
If you're in love with ROMANCE this if for YOU.
G. Fredette | Signal Hill, CA | 04/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What a wonderful movie experience this was. Some say the plot is implausible. Maybe so but this is a MOVIE... Let go of your analytical mind and just sit back and be romanced for a change.There are some very funny moments as Julliette Binoche takes on William Hurts psyciatric practice in order to make money to spend while in New York. Get some bon bons and a glass of your favorite wine and indulge."
G. Fredette | 01/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've seen this film more than once, and despite some not-so-positive reviews, I still find it charming and romantic. Hurt and Binoche make a curiously appealing combination as they manage to convincingly fall in love at a distance. Give it a try!"
A truly inspirational movie
G. Fredette | 09/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie certainly restores my faith in love. It beautifully portrays how people open up to love in the most trying of circumstances! It is a bit slow, I admit, but that adds to the laid-back touch of the movie."