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Sarah's Key
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Dec 5, 2011 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Actors:
Kristin Scott Thomas
Mlusine Mayance
Aidan Quinn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An American woman working for a magazine in Paris begins to uncover the truth behind a dark period in French history and her own personal connection to it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its rare that you dont hear anything about a movie and then it actually turns out to be good. Based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, SARAHS KEY is intriguing and informative, shedding light on an oft-forgotten tragic moment in historythe Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Though the story revolves around true events, the filmmakers put it in the context of two very personal stories. Kristin Scott Thomas stars as Julia, a modern day reporter, recently relocated to France and starting work on a story about Vel dHiva time when French police, in Nazi occupied Paris, rounded up their own people in inhumane conditions before they were shipped off to concentration camps. As Julia becomes more and more obsessed with finding the truth, we also see her research come to life in the story of Sarah, a little girl whose family was uprooted during the struggle. Sarah has an unfortunate secret (though its revealed early on in the movie, I wont spoil it here) that follows her along her journey, even worse than the unspeakable atrocities being committed around her. As the tales of both women evolve, they also begin to intersect in unexpected ways.

The performances here are great and carry the story along strongly, especially the young actress who plays Sarah. Though both intertwining plots are interesting and kept my attention the whole time, I have to admit that SARAHS KEY doesnt really offer anything beyond similar World War II movies. (THE READER is a recent example that comes to mind.) Its still a gut wrenching story (hard to believe this all happened less than a century ago), but one weve seen done before. Though it seems like the film would be a mystery (whats the key to?), its surprisingly simple and straightforward. Perhaps holding back a bit more on Sarahs story and revealing it little by little wouldve worked better given the back-and-forth format.

Still, if you enjoy (or can appreciate) stories from that period of time SARAHS KEY is worth checking out for the unfortunate true story it represents.
THE EXTRAS
Making of SARAHS KEY (1:03:06): This hour-long French produced documentary traces the origins of the original novel and film through interviews (all in French, beware). It covers all the major set pieces in detail with plenty of raw behind the scenes footage. Surprisingly in-depth and revealing.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Though it shares a lot of similarities to other Holocaust-centered movies, SARAHS KEY still does it fairly well and covers an event that might be unfamiliar to most audiences.

Extra Tidbit: Kristin Scott Thomas is British, but plays an American who is fluent in French.
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