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2 hr. 43 min.

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Summer Phoenix , Ian Holm , Fabrice Desplechin , Frances Barber , Laszlo Szabo , Emmanuelle Devos , Akbar Kurtha , Claudia Solti

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Genres: Drama

Esther Kahn (2000)

Release Date: March 1st, 2002|2 hr. 43 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A draggy shaggy-dog story about a poor Jewish girl's painfully slow emotional awakening. The movie is 145 minutes long, so by the time Esther's awake, the audience may not be as lucky. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Desplechin wants to film an adventure of the human spirit in the manner of a Hitchcockian drama, but he doesn't have a solid enough grasp of English culture to equal the complexity of his French productions like "The Sentinel" and "The Life of the Dead." show more

  • 12
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    How do you inject life into a film whose central character is dull, slow, stupid and grim?If you're Arnaud Desplechin, you don't. show more

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