Sarah's Key
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Julia Jarmond, an American journalist married to a Frenchman, is commissioned to write an article about the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah. Julia learns that the apartment she and her husband Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Thomas carries the weight of the movie, and her usual sangfroid works against her; when she finally makes contact with the deported couple's grandson, the story crumples into sentimentality"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Thomas' performance is one of brilliant restraint and believable naturalism."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Well executed and avoids histrionic manipulation, allowing just enough breathing room without truncating the raw emotion of the book."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The emphasis on the writer's relatively trivial if symbolic domestic woes (she experiences a 'miracle' pregnancy in the midst of her research into death) detracts from the power of the wartime scenes."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A very good film that ought to have been a great film, but greatness ultimately proves beyond its grasp -- if only just."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Scott Thomas's portrayal of her character's emotional transition ensures Sarah's Key will keep your heart open."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"It does provide audiences with the satisfaction of seeing and hearing an important truth expressed, and that's better than making you feel good. That's making you feel something."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Never quite finds the right balance between the grave consequences of its period scenes and the relative small beans of the present-day ones."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Makes a powerful impact thanks to the vividness and urgency of its historical scenes."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Teary-eyed absorbing Holocaust story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"French director Paquet-Brenner occasionally yields to melodrama, particularly in the final act, but he is resolute about not depicting all of his countrymen as Nazi stooges, since many weren't."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Luckily, the movie has Scott Thomas. She knows her radiance can't be helped, so she uses it here like a searchlight."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A film that plays as a guilty remembrance of a dark corner of French history tucked into a ticking clock thriller."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"I'm delighted to see that the Weinstein Company is re-releasing one of the year's most overlooked films, Sarah's Key, the moving adaptation of Tatiana De Rosnay's international best-seller. It's one of the year's best films."
‑ Leonard Maltin, indieWIRE
"Loses some force in its latter half but the key story remains gripping. Unlocks 70-year-old horrors so the present can't shut the door on past complicities and crimes."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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