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Esther Kahn (2000)

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Release Date
Mar 1, 2002
• UK: 23 Nov 2001

Running Time
2 hours, 43 minutes

Country France, UK

Studio Arts Council of England, British Screen, BSkyB, Films Alain Sarde, France 2 Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Why Not Productions, Zephyr Films

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Genre: Drama, Coming Of Age, Period Piece, Showbiz

Plot: Summer Phoenix plays a young woman experiencing a crushing and belated coming of age in the Arnaud Desplechin's psychological period film, ESTHER KAHN. Phoenix is devastatingly opaque as Esther--a young girl raised among the poor Jewish tailors of London's East End. Her cramped and compromised youth has left her cold and distant, unable to express any emotions. But when she attends a popular theater production, Esther is thunderstruck by the deep feelings that the performance stirs within her and immediately sets out to become an actress. Her quick success brings Esther into the complex and convoluted world of the theater, where she encounters a helpful aging actor (Ian Holm) who, in teaching her how to act, teaches her how to live. Haygard, a perfidious playwright, becomes momentarily captivated by Esther's strange allure and odd blankness, and in addition to becoming her lover, he secures her a prestigious role in a production of Ibsen's HEDDA GABLER. Stunned and shocked when Haygard abandons her on the eve of the play's opening, Esther has a panic-filled and heart-wrenching epiphany, as twenty years worth of unlived life come tumbling down on her. Desplechin's difficult film about a difficult character carries mysterious and compelling emotional impact in its portrayal a

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 Directed by
Arnaud Desplechin
Kings and Queen, Comment je me suis disputé..., Sentinelle, La
 Written by
Emmanuel Bourdieu
Comment je me suis disputé..., En jouant 'Dans la compagnie des hommes', Bronx-Barbès
Arnaud Desplechin
Un monde sans pitié, Kings and Queen, Comment je me suis disputé...
Ian Holm
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Fifth Element
Summer Phoenix
The Faculty, SLC Punk!, The Believer
Fabrice Desplechin
Comment je me suis disputé..., Sentinelle, La
Frances Barber
Still Crazy, A Zed & Two Noughts, Prick Up Your Ears
Hilary Sesta
Murder by Decree, The Dark Angel
Akbar Kurtha
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Claudia Solti
Immortal Beloved
 Music By
Howard Shore
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