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Esther Kahn (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 2000 (France)
A Jewish girl in nineteenth century London, dreams of becoming a stage actress.

Director:

Arnaud Desplechin
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Summer Phoenix ... Esther Kahn
Ian Holm ... Nathan Quellen
Fabrice Desplechin Fabrice Desplechin ... Philippe Haygard
Akbar Kurtha Akbar Kurtha ... Samuel Kahn
Frances Barber ... Rivka Kahn
László Szabó ... Ytzhok Kahn
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ... Buba
Claudia Solti ... Mina Kahn
Berna Raif ... Becky Kahn
Paul Regan Paul Regan ... Joel
Arnold Brown Arnold Brown ... Rabbi
Leon Lissek ... Theatre manager
Ian Bartholomew Ian Bartholomew ... Norton
Samantha Lavelle Samantha Lavelle ... Christel
Paul Ritter ... Alman, the photographer
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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".
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Connections

References Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Red Lark
[by] Reynaldo Hahn
Performed by Huesyin Sermet and Kun Woo Paik
courtesy of Naïve Auvidis
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Sleepwalking through life
19 April 2002 | by Peegee-3See 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.


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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Szenvedélyes színdarab See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,124, 3 March 2002

Gross USA:

$23,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,371
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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