6.7/10
771
13 user 18 critic

Esther Kahn (2000)

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

Director:

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

La sentinelle (1992)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard
Kings & Queen (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Geoffrey Carey, Thierry Bosc
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Sami Bouajila, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Wladimir Yordanoff
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Thibault de Montalembert, Roch Leibovici, Marianne Denicourt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger
Ma Loute (2016)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Romain Duris, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos
Suzanne I (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of a family and a love affair told through the journey of a young woman called Suzanne.

Director: Katell Quillévéré
Stars: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel
Jimmy P. (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A troubled Native American veteran forms an extraordinary friendship with his maverick French psychoanalyst as they try to find a cure to his suffering.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Gina McKee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.

Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz
L'aimée (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Arnaud Desplechin documents the selling of his family home.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Robert Desplechin, Fabrice Desplechin, Joseph Desplechin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Nathan Quellen
Fabrice Desplechin ...
Philippe Haygard
...
Samuel Kahn
...
Rivka Kahn
László Szabó ...
Ytzhok Kahn
Hilary Sesta ...
Buba
Claudia Solti ...
Mina Kahn
...
Becky Kahn
Paul Regan ...
Joel
Arnold Brown ...
Rabbi
...
Theatre manager
Ian Bartholomew ...
Norton
Samantha Lavelle ...
Christel
...
Alman, the photographer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Szenvedélyes színdarab  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

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".
See more »

Connections

Referenced in I'm Still Here (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sleepwalking through life
19 April 2002 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

I kept hoping this dispirited young woman would bring some life not only to her own, but to mine. Alas...that never happened.

Esther Kahn, a young Jewish woman, falls inwardly in love with the theatre, strives to become an actress...but no amount of help, even from the wonderful Ian Holm as tutor, brings her out of her flat, unresponsive stupor. Why she is eventually given the lead in "Hedda Gabler" stands as the most unconvincing development I think I've ever seen in a film.

The only plus I can offer for this movie are the lovely filmic moments with intimate still life images that say more than all the rest. Life stilled to near-death. What does that add to the viewers experience? Nothing in the evidence given accounts for her early alienation and therefore we can't truly go with it.


9 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?