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Sarah's Key Review

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Kristin Scott-Thomas | WAR REPORTER Kristin Scott Thomas hunts for a girl who was rounded up in the Holocaust
Julien Bonet

Sarah's Key

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/22/11
performer:
Niels Arestrup, Kristin Scott-Thomas
director:
Gilles Paquet-Brenner
distributor:
The Weinstein Company
author:
Gilles Paquet-Brenner

We gave it a B

It’s getting harder to make a Holocaust movie that doesn’t feel made up of bits and pieces of other Holocaust movies. Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-seller, this moderately absorbing mystery/meditation tells the story of 10-year-old Sarah, who is detained in the 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv roundup — a mass arrest of Jews by French police. Kristin Scott Thomas is the present-day journalist who hunts for Sarah, their fates both linked to a piece of blood real estate in Paris. The Holocaust scenes are wrenching, the past-meets-present dialectics less so. B