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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22 July 2011 (USA)  »

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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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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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14 February 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

An American journalist in Paris embarks on a story about the Holocaust and discovers connections between the past, her present marriage and her unborn child. Beginning as an article on the 1942 roundup of Jews in France as they were sent off to Auschwitz, it soon becomes a journey of self-discovery as the protagonist stumbles upon a terrible secret of a family forced out of their home and a young girl called Sarah who makes an impulsive decision to leave her younger brother locked in a cupboard. A film about the Holocaust is certain to be moving, but the circumstances in this one are harrowing, the truth astonishing, and the coincidences as unbelievable as the tragedy itself. It is a journalist's quest to dig up the lives of others and unleash the truth, but this film show the price of these actions. Sarah's Key takes us from Paris to Brooklyn to Florence and ultimately to the centre of the heart – showing that even the truth has its cost. And the sadness, as much as we try to unlock it, can never be erased.

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