[More like 3.5 - was it only me, or the movie was dim-lit and the volume was low?] Great interpretation by Summer Phoenix, and great directing. The screenplay is very weird: some characters are very well built, and some other blend in the background as they are meant to. Esther's character is a bit discontinuous, or at least its complexity is explained and implied only partially.
Who wouldn't want to have Ian Holm as a personal acting mentor? For those scenes alone this movie is worth it's time. Summer Phoenix manage to grow through this movie to become rather watchable even if she starts being annoying and arrogant. The atmosphere and story setting is in itself worth a watch too.
Ce film est peut-être très intéressant, mais je n'ai malheureusement pas pu le regarder en entier, car Mubi ne propose qu'une version en anglais sans sous-titre (même pas de sous-titres anglais..), et je n'arrive pas à suivre correctement et à comprendre l'accent des acteurs... Quel dommage!!
Could have done without the first hour of this film. Needed a great deal of editing up front. The middle and ending are pretty intriguing and full of interesting character and story points. The lead actress is a bit dour and hard to root for. However, her character is written in a very engaging way. Just needs a better jumpstart and the ending is really a non-ending, which is not good storytelling either.
That was magnificent. Wonderful to see Ian Holm as an acting teacher after his stupendous role as a running coach in "Chariots of Fire." Loved the inclusion of the Yiddish theatre. Enjoyed the progression of Esther from emotionally imprisoned child to feeling adult. Interesting camerawork with narrow alleyways mirroring the narrow passages of backstage. Thanks MUBI!
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