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Certificate
12A
Cast
Kristin Scott Thomas
Mélusine Mayance
Niels Arestrup.
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Serge Joncour
Gilles Paquet-Brenner.
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Sarah's Key
Haunting Holocaust drama


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Plot
When American journalist Julia (Scott Thomas) begins to look into the fate of Holocaust survivor Sarah Starzynski (Mayance) and her family, she uncovers some bitter truths about wartime France...


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Sarah's Key
Major déjà vu for those who saw The Round Up, Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestseller very similarly dramatises the notorious herding of Paris’ Jews into the Vel’ d’Hiv in 1942 — eventually leading to the gas chambers. Kristin Scott Thomas is a contemporary journalist researching the event, becoming obsessed with the fate of a particular family after discovering something relating to her own life. Mélusine Mayance excels as Sarah, the little girl tormented by an impulsive act on the night of the round-up. The historical drama is more compelling than the contrived modern-day doings, but for a classy Scott Thomas striking a deft balance between distress and resolve.


Verdict
Exceptional turns by Mélusine Mayance and the ever-excellent Kristin Scott Thomas illuminate a tense and compelling story. The contrived modern-day framing works less well.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Completely stumbled on this and gave it a shot. I'm glad I did because, though it's not perfect, it is great mystery about Jewish persecution during the war with some neat twists and turns. The ending is a bit 'Hollywood' but other than that it's almost pitch perfect in writing and performance (the little girl is outstanding). Not a film you'll forget having seen it. ... More

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