Sarah's Key

 (1,457)7.51 h 42 min2011X-RayPG-13
An American journalist (Scott Thomas) discovers a mysterious family story related to the French Vel'd'Hiv Roundup in 1942. Sixty years later, the truth remains unknown.
Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Kristin Scott ThomasMélusine MayanceNiels Arestrup
SuspenseDramaHistoricalMilitary and War
English [CC]
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Aidan Quinn
Stéphane Marsil
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Robert N NewmanReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2016
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I am not sure what moved me more, the book or the film. It probably doesn't matter, whatever your favorite medium, watch or read. The story kept me spellbound. The author''s style and the film's as well was to move back and forth through time from the roundup of the Parisian Jews in the summer of 1942 to a more or less contemporary time focusing on an American journalist living in Paris with her husband and daughter. The journalist is investigating and writing a story about the roundup as it is the 60th anniversary of the event. In the course of her investigation she discovers something very sad and, in a way, personal. Experience it. We mustn't forget the horrors that we can inflict upon one another. Her relentless search for a "truth" that is important to her is inspiring. A comedy this isn't.
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Richard M. KennedyReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2015
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A Vital Story Needing To Be Told
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Brilliant adaptation of Tatiana De Rosnay's beautiful story of WWII atrocities committed in France by both the French and the Germans. I had seen the movie starring Kristin Scott Thomas, a couple of years ago but wanted to see it again after just finishing 'The Nightingale,' by Kristin Hannah. This novel of historical fiction was also set in France but dealt with the extraordinary role played by French Women in the defeat of the German war machine. Ms Hannah and Ms De Rosnay struck up a friendship during the writing of Ms Hannah's book.

It is so vitally important to keep telling these stories of war and the inherent atrocities. When we fail to remember is when it can and will happen all over again.
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K.Nightstar StoughReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2019
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This movie was a very deIIpressing movie.From the brother being locked in closet to the neighbor leaving the family cat to die.It would have been a better movie if it wasnt full of sad parts.It was like each charactor was sad.I know there is sadness in life,but when someone watches a movie,it has an impact on you.No one wants to see all this sadness.
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Avid ReaderReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2014
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This was a purchase for our 14 year old daughter to watch as a school assignment and I (mom) watched it with her. Kristen Scott Thomas out does herself in this movie. Both my daughter and I were pulled in and literally overwhelved with the drama and history of this movie. It was very well acted by all the cast and more than anything it caused an unbelievable amount of discussion afterwards, for days, in fact. It opened my daughters eyes to a life time that she couldn't really understand had actually happened so long ago. It made history come alive for her and for me. Highly recommended for kids in high school. It might be a little frightening for younger ages.
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Steve BenedictReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
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Perhaps not an easy movie to watch
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The acting was wonderful: the difficulty was the subject. It is not that the movie dealt in gore--it did not. Indeed, it was restrained. But the tragedy and heart break of it all.

The ending was ennobling, and raised the question of how we could throw our unborn children away when so many have died so tragically who desperately wanted life.
Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2011
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The Present Confronts the Past
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Kristin Scott Thomas one of today's most underrated actresses. This talented actress always brings a strong prescence to any movie. This time the British actress is Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, living in Paris raising a teenager daughter with her French husband.
She and her husband move into an apartment that has been owned by his family since 1942. Julia soon learns that the apartment has a very tragic history.

In 1942, a lively Jewish population lived in the Marais area of Paris. Without warning the French authorities rounded up the Jewish population to be shipped to concentration camps. We step back in time to those fateful days in 1942. Lively
10-year-old Sarah Starzynski played by the remarkable Mélusine Mayance lives with her parents and 4 year old brother in a flat in Marais. We soon learn the tragic meaning of "Sarah's key" and how lives were changed in an instant. Julia becomes obsessed with finding the fate of Sarah and the truth behind how the Jarmond family came to own the apartment.

One can only imagine the millions of stories that were lived out and lost during WWII. Here is one fictionalized story that gets us to think, "could it happen again?" The French authorities willingly deported their Jewish population to certain death. The French citizens are shown taunting their former neighbors as the Jews are being herded away. I did appreciate a scene of humanity as French peasants threw apples over the fences to hungry children. It was a sign of decency and humanity by some good people who could do nothing more than offer some food to the doomed.

Julia's life is changed forever and she is confronted with the past. Kristin Scott Thomas shines in her role as Julia. The tragedy of the meaning of Sarah's key is devastating to watch. The movie is a good study of people trying to survive in horrific times and trying to understand why some people were willing participants in the tragedy.

The movie touches on a general theme that we have seen over and over again. The tragic past is being confronted. The significance of Sarah's key adds a twist to the story. I felt Sarah's struggle and story was enough for a while film without the present day story. Of course, the present say story would have had more power if we knew more about the Jarmond family during the war.
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JosephReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2013
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A big surprise in such a small package
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Enough of those who reviewed have given the synopsis of the story, so I will focus on my experience of the movie...
I picked it up on a whim, not having read the book or even having heard of it. I looked it over briefly, concluding that it was a mild mystery story that invites you, the viewer, to participate in a manner that could be a more serious version of clue. I cannot explain why that thought came to me, but it was enough to come home and purchase it on Amazon the next time I was online.
I watched it two days ago and it lingers in my consciousness even now... Haunting and well done, I think, and while not what I expected, it exceeded my anticipation of a moderately entertaining movie-evening. I have placed it on my topmost shelf of collected movies... I do not feel qualified to judge what might be a best movie or award winning, but it is thought and emotion provoking, causing me to reflect upon people I've known in my life and what their own stories might be. Being a research-historian, I am drawn to such things anyway... I can relate to Julia's interest/obsession. This will explain why I feel, even in a small way, connected to the story. But the filme makes it believable and I heartily encourage you to experience it even if only once.
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sherryReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2015
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Sarah's Key:.a movie about starttling events and precious people we should always remember
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We liked this movie a lot! It was educational yet dramatic and quite touching. It was hard to watch at times, because it deals with mistreatment of the Jewish people during the Nazi takeover of France during 1942 . But there is nothing overtly graphic in the movie and I think it is appropriate for teens and up. My husband cried during the movie ( He does that with movies like this, lol! ) because it was very believable and you find yourself identifying with the characters. Our family was talking about it even the next day. Some good life lessons were there to be learned.
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