Esther Kahn

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Released 2002

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Esther Kahn

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Director:
Arnaud Desplechin
Released:
2002
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Esther Kahn (Summer Phoenix), is born to Jewish immigrant parents (Laszlo Szabo, Frances Barber) who both work in the rag trade and live in the East End of 19th century London. Growing up, Esther discovers theatre and acting, and the experiences she has onstage slowly transform her.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Begins as a shadowy film that progresses from dark to increasing light. It has been stunningly photographed by Eric Gautier and has a wonderfully expressive score composed by Howar...

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It is also possible that the problem lies not with Mr. Desplechin but with Ms. Phoenix. Her Esther is a fascinating mixture of passivity and ferocity, but it's not clear that she h...

  • 20

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Senselessly long at two-and-three-quarters hours and with a protracted climax that eradicates any goodwill established in the fastidious first couple of reels.

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