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Esther Kahn

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Director  Arnaud Desplechin
Initial DVD release  December 3, 2002
Country  France United Kingdom
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Music director  Howard Shore
Language  English
Esther Kahn movie poster
Writer  Emmanuel Bourdieu, Arthur Symons
Release date  18 May 2000 (Cannes) 1 March 2002 (USA)
Cast  Summer Phoenix, Ian Holm, Frances Barber, Emmanuelle Devos, Laszlo Szabo
Similar movies  Fish Tank, The Last Witch Hunter, Factory Girl, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss

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.

Esther Kahn movie scenes

Esther Kahn is the first English-language film by the French director Arnaud Desplechin. It premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival but was not distributed to the United States for two years until it played in New York City in 2002. Deplechin adapted the screenplay with regular collaborator Emmanuel Bourdieu from a short story by Arthur Symons of the same name from his book Spiritual Adventures. It stars Summer Phoenix as Esther and Ian Holm as her friend and teacher, Nathan Quellen.

A Jewish girl in 19th century London dreams of becoming a stage actress.


  • Summer Phoenix - Esther Kahn
  • Ian Holm - Nathan Quellen
  • Fabrice Desplechin - Philippe Haygard
  • Akbar Kurtha - Samuel Kahn
  • Frances Barber - Rivka Kahn
  • Laszlo Szabo - Ytzhok Kahn
  • Hilary Sesta - Buba
  • Claudia Solti - Mina Kahn
  • Berna Raif - Becky Kahn
  • Emmanuelle Devos - Sylvia (the Italian woman)
  • Paul Regan - Joel
  • Arnold Brown - Rabbi
  • Leon Lissek - Theatre manager
  • Ian Bartholomew - Norton
  • Samantha Lavelle - Christel
  • Paul Ritter - Alman, the photographer
  • References

    Esther Kahn Wikipedia
    Esther Kahn IMDb Esther Kahn

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