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Sarah's Key (2010)
"Elle s'appelait Sarah" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  22 July 2011 (USA)
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In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.

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Julia Jarmond
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Sarah
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Jules Dufaure
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Bertrand Tezac
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Édouard Tezac
Dominique Frot ...
Geneviève Dufaure
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Mme Starzynski
Gisèle Casadesus ...
Mamé
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William Rainsferd
Sarah Ber ...
Rachel
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M. Starzynski
Karina Hin ...
Zoé
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Mike Bambers
Joseph Rezwin ...
Joshua (as Joe Rezwin)
Kate Moran ...
Alexandra
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One of the darkest moments in French history occurred in 1942 Paris when French officials rounded up over 10,000 Jews and placed them in local camps. Eventually over 8,000 were sent off to German concentration camps. As 10-year old Sarah and her family are being arrested, she hides her younger brother in a closet. After realizing she will not be allowed to go home, Sarah does whatever she can to get back to her brother. In 2009, a journalist named Julia is on assignment to write a story on the deported Jews in 1942. When she moves into her father-in-law's childhood apartment, she realizes it once belonged to the Strazynski family, and their daughter Sarah. Written by Jeff Mellinger

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust | See all certifications »

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22 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Elle s'appelait Sarah  »

Box Office

Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$115,708 (USA) (22 July 2011)

Gross:

$7,691,700 (USA) (2 December 2011)
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Was the most successful French movie in the Netherlands, due to the popularity of the book on which the film is based, until The Intouchables (2011) took the record. See more »

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The cab that Julia gets into has a medallion number of 1M11. The one she gets out of has a medallion number of 7H83. See more »

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Julia Jarmond: And so I write this for you, My Sarah. With the hope that one day, when you're old enough, this story that lives with me, will live with you as well. When a story is told, it is not forgotten. It becomes something else, a memory of who we were; the hope of what we can become.
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Written by Eric Gemsa and Dominique Vernhes
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atrocities require complicity
30 August 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Elle s'appelait Sarah" ("Sarah's Key" in English) focuses on an American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) trying to find a French-Jewish girl who got rounded up by the Vichy government but escaped the camps. So, the journalist travels from place to place to try and learn what became of Sarah, and the full story of Sarah's locking her brother in a closet so that he wouldn't get arrested. The main point that the movie makes is not only the links that we have to past incidents, like the apartment that the journalist buys, but that atrocities require complicity. In this case, France's Vichy government was perfectly happy to assist the Nazis in the genocide against anyone whom the Nazis considered inferior.

Does the movie have any downsides? Well, maybe jumping back and forth between the present and the past is a little confusing, but it doesn't really drag the movie down. To be certain, I had never heard of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup before seeing "Sarah's Key". The main that is that this is part of history, it and needs to get told so that it never happens again. Really good movie.


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