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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 ... 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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Details

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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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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References Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »

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Do you ever wish you could reverse time and do something differently?
5 December 2002 | by justincosmoSee all my reviews

Esther Kahn made me regret every second that I spent watching it and I wished I could have reversed my trip to the video store. I'm surprised I even made it through this seemingly bad trip to purgatory. How do films like this ever get the money to have one minute of it made? And how do actresses like Summer Phoenix get work?

The characters were so boring and lifeless that I'm surprised the director stayed awake making it. I never felt any empathy or compassion towards Esther in her so-called plight towards trying to become an accomplished actress. Maybe Summer Phoenix should re-think her choice of being an actress as she was horrible. Also, listening to her Oliver Twist meets valley girl English accent was a joke.

If this is what films are coming to, I'd rather spend my time doing laundry...at least it's more dynamic and exciting than Esther Kahn.


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