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Rated PG-13 · 111 minutes · 2011

Drama
The Sarah of Sarah’s Key is not star Kristin Scott Thomas—who is very good here—but rather Mélusine Mayance, a young French actress seen in flashbacks. Or maybe Scott Thomas is in flash-forwards. And that, in a nutshell, is the problem. Sarah is one of thousands of French Jews arrested and sent off to concentration camps for extermination during the Holocaust—and French authorities are responsible for helping Hitler with this atrocity. We come upon this horrible bit of history through the research of Julia (Thomas), an American journalist living in Paris. For some reason, scenes of family drama between Julia and her husband are offered as a counterpoint to the Holocaust. That’s just bad planning. Everything about the contemporary subplot in Sarah’s Key feels tacked on—and tacky by comparison.
Official Site: weinsteinco.com/sites/sarahs-key
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Producer: Stéphane Marsil
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot, Michel Duchaussoy, Dominique Frot, Gisèle Casadesus, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Mashkevich, Arben Bajraktaraj, Sarah Ber, Karina Hin and James Gerard

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Boise Weekly The Projector Starring Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Scott Thomas. by Garrett Horstmeyer 09/23/2011
NUVO 'Sarah's Key': Unlocking the past A promise between a young sister and brother during World War II leads to tragedy and generations of denial in this nearly excellent film starring Kristin Scott Thomas. by Laura McPhee 08/24/2011

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