Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Kristin Scott Thomas
Mélusine Mayance
Niels Arestrup.
Directors
Gilles Paquet-Brenner.
Screenwriters
Serge Joncour
Gilles Paquet-Brenner.
Running Time
110 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker
4 Star Empire Rating
Cupcakes
3 Star Empire Rating
You & Me Forever
4 Star Empire Rating
Looking For Light: Jane Brown
3 Star Empire Rating
Informant, The
2 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Rebel Without A Cause
5 Star Empire Rating
Calvary
5 Star Empire Rating
Wake In Fright
5 Star Empire Rating
Stranger By The Lake
5 Star Empire Rating
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
5 Star Empire Rating

Sarah's Key
Haunting Holocaust drama


submit to reddit


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...


Review
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

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Sarah's Key
Empire Star Rating

See it

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

Empire User Rating

Posted by Caster at 00:34, 03 May 2012 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)