London at the end of the 19th century. Esther Kahn lives in the East End, child of Jewish immigrants. She is slow and closed in on herself, except when she goes to the theater. She decides to become an actress. By acclaimed director Arnaud Desplechin.
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The greatest of the three masterpieces I've seen recently by Desplechin. I don't feel confident enough to begin discussing it in detail after only one viewing, but yes, it's utterly sublime. And just for the record: I watched the original longer cut.
stark realism prevails in this brilliant bildungsroman, which is moving at a speed of light towards the opening night finale, managing to emphasize every single step esther takes to become an individual on its way there/the best theater movie about the loss of identity after the one by cassavetes
Underrated, like all of Desplechin's work. It has the richness and the weight of something read rather than seen. So what if it doesn't feel bound in the 19th century setting it purports to happen in? Period pieces be damned.