15 December 2011 5:19 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Sometimes one performance can bolster the impact of an entire production. That’s certainly the case with Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s overlooked adaptation of Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestseller. Though the picture’s marquee name is Kristin Scott Thomas, her character merely provides a modern framework for the real story, set during the massive 1942 deportation of Jewish civilians from France.

Though de Rosnay’s tale is a work of fiction, it is entirely grounded within the reality of its time period and locations, such as the indoor track, Vélodrome d’Hiver, where prisoners were stored before being transported to various camps (in this case, Beune-la-Rolande). What makes “Key” particularly disturbing is that fact that it views these horrors through the perspective of its titular child. She’s played by ten-year-old Mélusine Mayance, who has already emerged as one of the most extraordinarily gifted actresses of her generation.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

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