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

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
Gisèle Casadesus ...
William Rainsferd
Sarah Ber ...
M. Starzynski
Karina Hin ...
Mike Bambers
Joseph Rezwin ...
Joshua (as Joe Rezwin)
Kate Moran ...


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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Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Sarah's Key  »

Box Office


€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$7,691,700 (USA) (2 December 2011)

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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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A new perspective on the holocaust
16 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most movies about the Second World War and the Holocaust show the massive killings of Jews by the Germans. This movie shows the French participation in the holocaust and it shows it with intense analysis of how it affected two women: Sarah a young girl who leaves her brother in a closet assuming she can come back to get him and a journalist who is researching the story years later and discovers how her own family was involved in war issues. Sarah's story is well presented, with the most tragic and sad events of her young life and how they affected her later life. Its a well told story that allows the viewer to see the war and its effects on a lovely and courageous young women. The journalist's story shows how even those who want to know about the war find it difficult to put the pieces together. And it also shows how traumatic it is for the people who try to piece it together. The message is that the holocaust affected us all in different ways but those who lived at the time and those who suffered deportation, even if they did not encounter death, were deeply wounded in more ways than is imaginable. I recommend this movie. Its scenes, music and the flow of events are wonderful. You are always with the story. And the analysis of the human suffering and the wounds of the war are very well portrayed. and in more ways that any one of us will ever be able to understand.

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