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Esther Kahn

Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
United Kingdom, 2000
  • English
  • No subtitles


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.

Our take

This wild and powerful 19th century theatre drama by Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days) became controversial over star Summer Phoenix’s vivid and highly unusual acting style. Over time, Desplechin and Phoenix’s collaboration has stood strong as an utterly unique evocation of cinematic character.

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Awards & Festivals


2000 | Honorable Mention: Reader Jury of the Standard

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