Esther Kahn Reviews

  • Oct 03, 2015

    "Is this some sort of satire?", one must ask. Desplechin's film resists every chance to shed light on its character, but instead relies on ridiculous "star-was-born" myths to sustain the story. This audience laughs, feels amused, not knowing if this is an ode to acting myth, a parody of period pieces, or if it's (also very likely) an extrapolation of class struggle. Admittedly, Desplechin must be a study of Jacques Rivette, but Rivette was interested in sincerity, while Desplechin was not.

    "Is this some sort of satire?", one must ask. Desplechin's film resists every chance to shed light on its character, but instead relies on ridiculous "star-was-born" myths to sustain the story. This audience laughs, feels amused, not knowing if this is an ode to acting myth, a parody of period pieces, or if it's (also very likely) an extrapolation of class struggle. Admittedly, Desplechin must be a study of Jacques Rivette, but Rivette was interested in sincerity, while Desplechin was not.

  • Jun 04, 2009

    Wow. I'm not entirely sure if this is a ****1/2 film. Perhaps it is more or less but this is a completely major piece of filmmaking. It is long, it is unruly, it is uneven, it is fairly brilliant. Desplechin's mise-en-scene creates a world remembered, and his attention to period detail (which IMMERSES you in 19th London) leaves no doubt that the memory is personable. Summer Phoenix's performance is a strange one, blank like an alien's but intentionally so such that her register is unnerving. The narrative is a simple one. Now she is empty, now she is full. Esther Kahn is an out-of-body experience that I am still sorting out.

    Wow. I'm not entirely sure if this is a ****1/2 film. Perhaps it is more or less but this is a completely major piece of filmmaking. It is long, it is unruly, it is uneven, it is fairly brilliant. Desplechin's mise-en-scene creates a world remembered, and his attention to period detail (which IMMERSES you in 19th London) leaves no doubt that the memory is personable. Summer Phoenix's performance is a strange one, blank like an alien's but intentionally so such that her register is unnerving. The narrative is a simple one. Now she is empty, now she is full. Esther Kahn is an out-of-body experience that I am still sorting out.

  • Jun 12, 2008

    Différent des Desplechin que je connaissais. Beaucoup aimé le personnage et sa façon de voir le monde.

    Différent des Desplechin que je connaissais. Beaucoup aimé le personnage et sa façon de voir le monde.

  • May 13, 2008

    This film was way too tedious and long for a extremely simple concept: the rise and fall of a theater actress.

    This film was way too tedious and long for a extremely simple concept: the rise and fall of a theater actress.

  • Apr 26, 2008

    "Esther kahn" est long. Long comme une gestation qui n'enfinirait pas d'arriver à son terme. Embryon,Esther est une petite chose insignifiante, improbable. Lorsque foetus, elle s'accroche à cette vie dont elle ignore tout, Esther devient étrange, prometteuse. La veille de sa naissance son cordon ombilical a failli l'étrangler et c'est finalement dans la douleur qu'Esther découvre la lumiere. Domage que Desplechin ait rate cette naissance.

    "Esther kahn" est long. Long comme une gestation qui n'enfinirait pas d'arriver à son terme. Embryon,Esther est une petite chose insignifiante, improbable. Lorsque foetus, elle s'accroche à cette vie dont elle ignore tout, Esther devient étrange, prometteuse. La veille de sa naissance son cordon ombilical a failli l'étrangler et c'est finalement dans la douleur qu'Esther découvre la lumiere. Domage que Desplechin ait rate cette naissance.

  • Jan 22, 2008

    Un gros morceau made in Nono.

    Un gros morceau made in Nono.

  • Nov 27, 2007

    Once more, a beautiful film of Arnaud Desplechin. In the particular historical context of the jewish community of London at the beginning of the twentieth century, the story of the maturation of a young actress and how personal experiences may be fruitful to improve your play.

    Once more, a beautiful film of Arnaud Desplechin. In the particular historical context of the jewish community of London at the beginning of the twentieth century, the story of the maturation of a young actress and how personal experiences may be fruitful to improve your play.

  • Nov 20, 2007

    un film comme une révélation.. sublime..

    un film comme une révélation.. sublime..

  • Nov 16, 2007

    Aww really nice movie with Summer=) love her and her work

    Aww really nice movie with Summer=) love her and her work

  • Sep 10, 2007

    A bit strange story but I liked it. It`s about a quiet that loves going to the theater. She desides to be an actress and meet a lot of intressing people on her way.

    A bit strange story but I liked it. It`s about a quiet that loves going to the theater. She desides to be an actress and meet a lot of intressing people on her way.