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Esther Kahn (2000)

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A Jewish girl in 19th century London dreams of becoming a stage actress.

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Cast

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Nathan Quellen
Fabrice Desplechin ...
Philippe Haygard
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Samuel Kahn
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Rivka Kahn
László Szabó ...
Ytzhok Kahn
Hilary Sesta ...
Buba
Claudia Solti ...
Mina Kahn
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Becky Kahn
Paul Regan ...
Joel
Arnold Brown ...
Rabbi
Leon Lissek ...
Theatre manager
Ian Bartholomew ...
Norton
Samantha Lavelle ...
Christel
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Alman, the photographer
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A Jewish girl in 19th century London dreams of becoming a stage actress.

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4 October 2000 (France)  »

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Szenvedélyes színdarab  »

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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2000 (#01) See more »

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Nathan Quellen: Because what has to happen, is that every step you take has to be more unbelievable than the step before. E-Every step has to be - well it has to have an idea behind it, an idea t-that is so complex, it would take, 10 philosophers just to decipher it. Each step has to stretch like a rope - in the audience's mind. Until they can't bare it anymore and they want to cry out, "Careful Esther you're going to break it".
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A terrible endurance test without convincing substance for the art of acting.
6 September 2002 | by (la) – See all my reviews

A shame that even a talented director, Desplechin, could not muster a decent performance out of a bleakly-talented actress, Phoenix, Esther Kahn lacks the substance to convey a very concise and clear plot. In an attempt to fulfill the concentric circle of an actor's plight, the performance and presentation is too contrived and poorly executed to draw any compassion from the viewer. In an overly long running time, the redundancy of Esther's struggle is too melodramatic to be effective and reduces the storyline into a frail frame of a disastrous display. The content is incoherent and gratuitous as Phoenix struggles to carry out Desplechin's instruction, just as Esther is supposedly trying to do the same. Never feeling a convincing victory over Esther's pain, we never feel a victory in Phoenix's talent.


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