A Couple
Release poster illustrated by Catherine Meurisse
Directed byFrederick Wiseman
Screenplay by
Produced by
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Karen Konicek
StarringNathalie Boutefeu
CinematographyJohn Davey
Edited byFrederick Wiseman
  • Wat Films
  • Zipporah Films
Distributed byMétéore Films (France)
Release dates
  • 2 September 2022 (2022-09-02) (Venice)
  • 19 October 2022 (2022-10-19) (France)
  • 11 November 2022 (2022-11-11) (US)
Running time
64 minutes
  • France
  • United States
Box office$18,334[1]

A Couple (French: Un couple) is a 2022 French-language drama film directed by Frederick Wiseman. Featuring a solo performance by Nathalie Boutefeu as Sophia Tolstaya, the wife of Leo Tolstoy, the film consists of her monologues, which Wiseman and Boutefeu adapted from Tolstaya's letters and diaries. It is Wiseman's first narrative film since The Last Letter  [fr] (2002), and his first ever that is shot on location rather than being a filmed play.[2]


After working on a French-language production of The Belle of Amherst, Wiseman and Boutefeu developed the script based on Tolstaya's writings. The film was shot on Belle-Île off the coast of Brittany.[2]


A Couple premiered in competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in September 2022.[2] It screened at the New York Film Festival in October 2022,[3] and received a theatrical release at Film Forum in New York City in November 2022.[2]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 87%, based on 31 reviews, and an average rating of 7.1/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]


  1. ^ "A Couple (2022)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Kohn, Eric (22 August 2022). "Frederick Wiseman Goes Fictional for the First Time". IndieWire. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  3. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (9 August 2022). "New York Film Festival Sets Main Slate For 60th Edition". Deadline. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  4. ^ "A Couple". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  5. ^ "A Couple". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 January 2023.