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Esther Kahn (2000)

A Jewish girl in nineteenth century London, dreams of becoming a stage actress.


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


A Jewish girl in nineteenth century London, dreams of becoming a stage actress.

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Release Date:

4 October 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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 audiences mind. Until they can't bare it anymore and they wan to cry out, "Careful Esther you're going to break it".
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Referenced in I'm Still Here (2010) See more »

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3 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I rented this thinking it might be interesting, and it might have been an interesting story except that is was told in such an uninteresting manner. Hard to follow, strange editing, disjointed storyline, the characters mumble, all in all a dreadfully dull waste of time. I just couldn't get into it and didn't care what happened to the characters - not even Ian Holm could save this film. Unless you need a cure for insomnia, I'd skip it. 3/10, and that's being generous.

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