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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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Jules Dufaure
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Bertrand Tezac
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Édouard Tezac
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Geneviève Dufaure
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Mme Starzynski
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William Rainsferd
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Karina Hin ...
Zoé
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Mike Bambers
Joseph Rezwin ...
Joshua (as Joe Rezwin)
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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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Sometimes the past can unlock the future See more »

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Drama | War

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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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Sarah's Key  »

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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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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 »

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In the first scene, Sarah lies on her left side and faces Michel who is lying on his right side, facing each other. This means Sarah is on the left side of the bed. When they throw the blankets of, Sarah suddenly lies at the right side of the bed. 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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Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »

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Rock'n Roll Suicide
Written by Chris McCormack and Ritch Battersby
Performed by Chris McCormack and Ritch Battersby
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Sarah's key to a can of worms
2 January 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was invited to this movie and had no idea of what it was about. Well it did not take long to know it was another holocaust story! I too like the way it was done with an opening into the dark past, about one week after I was born, so we're looking at almost 70 years ago, then we move back and force into last year 2009(not counting the last two days in 2011). There is a point made clear that this horror actually in this case was mainly perpetrated by French people themselves. It seems inconceivable, but the sad truth is that Jews weren't really the flavour of the era in Europe and this certainly made the task easier for the Nazis. But this story is really focused on one little girl who is caught in a two fold tragedy, perhaps one fold to prevent another. This impact the rest of the story with enormous consequences. We are to follow it through the research of a journalist who became obsessed with her finding about it. A well worth effort for all concerned. I will have to come back here for those talented and knowledgeable reviewers to learn a little more about it. But for now I have to say it was an excellent film


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