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Elle s'appelait Sarah (2010)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jules Dufaure
Bertrand Tezac
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Édouard Tezac
Dominique Frot ...
Geneviève Dufaure
Mme Starzynski
William Rainsferd
Sarah Ber ...
Karina Hin ...
Mike Bambers
Joseph Rezwin ...
Joshua (as Joe Rezwin)


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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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sarah's Key  »


Box Office


€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,708, 24 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,691,700, 4 December 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,511,906, 28 August 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second of three movies about World War II that Kristin Scott Thomas starred in. The others are The English Patient (1996) and Suite Française (2014). See more »


During the dance scene with Sarah and her future husband, the music playing is a trumpet muted. The band shown have their trumpets un-muted, which would sound like a normal trumpet. See more »


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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Very worthy movie
4 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

The movie deals with a harrowing episode in European history in a convincing fashion. It cleverly shifts from the past to the present, all the while building towards a tidy conclusion that ties up most of the loose ends, but leaves the audience guessing about the possible future of some of the main characters.

I was slightly disappointed that a few of the present day scenes were a little too frivolous for a movie that was built around such a tragic episode. However some good may come from this if it makes the movie more accessible to the younger audience, who might not be aware of all of the horrors of Jewish persecution during WW2.

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