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Gilles Paquet-Brenner (screenplay)
Serge Joncour (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Julia Jarmond

Mélusine Mayance ... Sarah

Niels Arestrup ... Jules Dufaure

Frédéric Pierrot ... Bertrand Tezac
Michel Duchaussoy ... Édouard Tezac
Dominique Frot ... Geneviève Dufaure

Natasha Mashkevich ... Mme Starzynski
Gisèle Casadesus ... Mamé

Aidan Quinn ... William Rainsferd
Sarah Ber ... Rachel

Arben Bajraktaraj ... M. Starzynski
Karina Hin ... Zoé

James Gerard ... Mike Bambers
Joseph Rezwin ... Joshua (as Joe Rezwin)
Kate Moran ... Alexandra
Paul Mercier ... Michel Starzynski
Alexandre Le Provost ... Policier en civil
Serpentine Teyssier ... Gardienne immeuble
Simon Eine ... Franck Levy
Julie Fournier ... Femme brune Vel d'Hiv

Paige Jennifer Barr ... Ornella Harris (as Paige Barr)

Joanna Merlin ... Mme Rainsferd
George Birt ... Richard Rainsferd
Vinciane Millereau ... Nathalie Dufaure
Sylviane Fraval ... Bertrand’s Mother
Dan Herzberg ... Le gendarme rouquin

Nancy Tate ... Alice
Frédérick Guillaud ... Richard Rainsferd jeune
Maurice Lustyk ... Homme au violon

Charlotte Poutrel ... Sarah adulte
Maxim Driesen ... Edouard Tezac enfant
Xavier Beja ... André Tezac
Jacqueline Noëlle ... Vieille femme
Jean-Pierre Hutinet ... Le médecin ferme
Jonathan Kerr ... Officier de police camp
Matthias Kreß ... Officier allemand ferme (as Matthias Kress)
Franck Beckmann ... Officier allemand train
Nicolas Seconda ... Gendarme 1 Vel d'Hiv
François D'Aubigny ... Gendarme 2 Vel d'Hiv
Stéphane Charond ... Gendarme 1 camp
José Fumanal ... Gendarme 2 camp
Gilles Louzon ... Gendarme 3 camp
Pierre Nahori ... Policier train

Sophie Piccioto ... Voix 1 (as Sophie Bacry Picciotto)
Christian Vurpillot ... Voix 2 (as Christian Vurpillat)
Rosa Herzberg ... Voix 3 femme
Robert Potsztein ... Voix 4 homme (as Robert Rotsztein)
Yasmine Ghazarian ... Une femme camp
Naëva Lissonnet ... Fillette camp
Céline Caussimon ... Infirmière vel d'hiv
Claudine Acs ... Femme hystérique Vel d'Hiv

Viktoria Li ... Infirmière clinique
Loïc Risser ... Infirmier
Franck Chilly ... Brancardier (as Franck Chailly)
Marco Florio ... Serveur italien

Alice St. Clair ... Serveuse café Mozart (as Alice Erskine)
Stéphanie Gesnel ... Jeune femme á la fenétre
Gérard Couchet ... Vieil homme á la fenétre
Mark Fairchild ... Bob Rainsferd

Melinda Wade ... Jeune femme blonde américaine

Kiley Liddell ... Sarah bébé

Brooke Liddell ... Sarah Bébé
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Chirac ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tatiana De Rosnay ... Client in restaurant (uncredited)

Anoushka Ravanshad ... Italian woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gilles Paquet-Brenner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tatiana De Rosnay  novel
Serge Joncour  screenplay
Gilles Paquet-Brenner  screenplay

Produced by
Stéphane Marsil .... producer
Gaetan Rousseau .... executive producer
Clément Sentilhes .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Max Richter 
 
Cinematography by
Pascal Ridao (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
 
Casting by
Gwendale Schmitz 
Lina Todd 
 
Production Design by
Françoise Dupertuis (chief decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Eric Perron 
 
Makeup Department
Dorith Albagli .... additional hair stylist
Jean François Alfaro .... additional hair stylist
Loli Avellanas .... additional hair stylist
Dorothée Bayard .... additional hair stylist
Eric Benazet .... additional hair stylist
Yonnel Bogaert .... additional hair stylist
Veronique Bosle .... key hair stylist
Michèle Carmitrand .... additional makeup artist
Nana Chiabaut .... additional makeup artist
Ema Chicotot .... additional makeup artist (as Emma Chicotot)
Ema Chicotot .... makeup artist
Sidonie Constantin .... additional hair stylist (as Sidonie Constantien)
Virginie Dendeleuf .... additional hair stylist
Stéphane Desmarez .... key hair stylist
Nadine Dumas .... additional hair stylist
Florence Dupuis .... additional makeup artist
Sylvie Duval .... key makeup artist
Maryse Faure .... additional hair stylist
Isabelle Fauvin .... additional makeup artist
Pascal Ferrero .... additional hair stylist
Odile Fourquin .... extras key makeup artist
Alexandra Hannoun .... additional makeup artist
Linda Hidra .... additional hair stylist
Mathilde Humeau .... additional makeup artist
Sophie Landry .... additional makeup artist
Rachel Levieux .... additional hair stylist
Severine Marla Levy .... hair stylist (as Marla Levy)
Françoise Malet .... additional makeup artist
Corinne Masselo .... additional hair stylist
Sandrine Masson .... additional key hair stylist
Sylvie Mathevet .... additional hair stylist
Valérie Mendiondo .... additional hair stylist
Rozenn Nobilet .... additional hair stylist
Marie-France Ober .... additional makeup artist (as Marie Ober)
Christophe Oliveira .... additional makeup artist (as Christophe Olivera)
Julio Parodi .... additional hair stylist
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Nelly Robin .... makeup artist
Fabienne Robineau .... additional makeup artist
Eric Rodhain .... additional hair stylist
Christelle Ruiz .... additional hair stylist
Gwendaline Ryu .... additional makeup artist (as Gwendoline Ryu)
Linda Schwach .... additional hair stylist
Valerie Thery-Hamel .... additional makeup artist (as Valérie Thery)
Pascal Thiollier .... additional makeup artist
Aude Thomas .... additional hair stylist
Jérôme Ventura .... additional hair stylist (as Jerôme Ventura)
Catherine Vrignaud .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lionel Closson .... production manager
Jacquot Clotilde .... assistant unit manager
Noemie Commissaire .... assistant unit manager
Matthieu Constans .... assistant unit manager
Christophe Demigne .... additional assistant unit manager
Benjamin Dewaele .... unit manager
Gary Giudice .... unit production manager: New York
Marie-Line Lafont .... post-production supervisor
Marta Garcia Larriu .... additional assistant unit manager
David Paté .... additional assistant unit manager
Clément Sentilhes .... production manager
Arthur Tabuteau .... assistant production manager
Antoine Théron .... production manager
Charles Zemer .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mallorie Ballestra-Duquesnoy .... third assistant director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director: New York
Rémi Bouvier .... additional third assistant director
Olivier Coutard .... first assistant director
Thomas Ghitti .... additional third assistant director
Anne Gilles .... second assistant director
Aurore Lance .... assistant director
Stanislas Marsil .... third assistant director
Muriel Monnard .... third assistant director
Julie Navarre .... additional third assistant director
Yann Sobezynski .... first assistant director: New York
Nicolas Tretiakow .... additional third assistant director
Cedric Vara .... second second assistant director
Haruyo Yokota .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Mathilde Abraham .... illustrator
Ali Benamrouche .... additional ripper
Thierry Brahiti .... art director: exteriors
Marianne Capdeville .... painter
Renaud Compagnon .... ripper
Jean Frédéric Condom .... assistant property master
Luca Crepelle Anton .... assistant set designer
Hervé David .... additional ripper
Bob Deligne .... illustrator
Christophe Deyris .... carpenter
Guillaume Diehl .... property master: furniture
Romain Droy .... additional ripper
Philem Etame .... assistant property master
Frédéric Faye .... chief painter
Elisabeth Février .... painter (as Elisabeth Fevrier)
Pierre Garapon .... chief construction manager
Pascal Gras .... carpenter
Fanny Guarrigue .... painter
Farid Guedjali .... ripper
Karim Guedjali .... additional ripper
Jean-Francois Hervey .... carpenter (as Jean François Hervey)
Emmanuelle Hoessly .... assistant property master
Alain Le Mee .... carpenter
Pauline Lefevere .... assistant decorator
Françoise Legrand .... upholsterer
Jerome Deligat Legrand .... additional upholsterer (as Jérôme Deligat)
Jacques Lemeilleur .... property master: furniture
Christophe Lemoine .... carpenter
Patricia Leriche .... additional painter
Emmanuel Maintigneux .... set designer
Kris Major .... property master
Xavier Marty .... chief constructor
Dylan May .... carpenter
Juliette Meisel .... assistant decorator
Jean-Christophe Minfray .... art director: exteriors (as Jean Christophe Minfray)
Thomas Morange .... additional painter
Agnes Morel .... first assistant decorator
Yvon Moreno .... property master
Stephane Philly .... carpenter
Laurent Qui .... additional ripper
Michel Racoillet .... carpenter
Olivier Richarth .... ripper
Abblassis Sahraoui .... ripper
François Scala .... carpenter
Christophe Simonotti .... chief constructor
Michel Tardif .... carpenter
Catherine Thierry .... painter
Xavier Vantaggi .... painter
Patrick Widdrington .... constructor: Vel d'Hiv entrance
Matthieu Wuhrmann .... ripper
 
Sound Department
Lucas Albert .... boom operator
Didier Codoul .... sound operator
Fabien Devillers .... adr recordist
Fabien Devillers .... dialogue editor
Fabien Devillers .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Donnelly .... sound mixer (new york)
Florian Fabre .... foley artist
Alexandre Fleurant .... supervising sound editor
Sebastien Marquilly .... foley recordist
Sebastien Marquilly .... sound designer
Sebastien Marquilly .... sound editor
Rafael Ridao .... boom operator
Piste Rouge .... sound: studio
Bruno Seznec .... sound studio manager
Bruno Seznec .... sound supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects supervisor
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Gaston Marcotti .... digital compositor
Guillaume Schmitter .... I/O management: Mac Guff
Antonin Seydoux .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Rémi Canaple .... stunt coordinator
David Grolleau .... stunts
Cyrille Hertel .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthieu Agius .... second assistant camera
Damien Ardisson .... additional grip
Christophe Bassoulet .... electrician
Patrice Birzin .... group operator
Simon Blanchard .... additional first assistant camera
Julien Bonet .... still photographer
Julien Bureau .... first assistant camera
Frédéric Cantin .... grip
David Chambille .... second assistant camera
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip
Christian Flores .... second assistant camera: New York
Jean-Yves Freess .... chief grip
Remy Freess .... grip
Yannick Freess .... grip
Ismael Gaila .... additional electrician
Bruno Glasberg .... electrician
David Granito .... grip
Cédric Guerby .... electrician
Guy Guermouh .... additional group operator
Philippe Guermouh .... additional group operator
Adrien Guillaume .... assistant camera
Pascal Henin .... electrician
Ben Katz .... assistant camera
Andy Kromphardt .... assistant camera: New York unit
Mouss Lakrout .... electrician
Rachid Madaoui .... chief electrician
Maxime Madoui .... electrician
Olivier Neveu .... additional electrician
Yann Ody .... additional electrician
Patrick Pamart .... grip
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... gaffer
Vincent Plaidy .... camera operator
Tarik Rebeihi .... first assistant camera
Samuel Renollet .... first assistant camera
George Tur .... first assistant camera: New York unit
Antoine Vidal .... technician: LOUMA
Charlotte Vitroly .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Byron Beane .... casting assistant
Bastien Beltrami .... extras casting
Aurore Lance .... casting assistant
Camille Lecat .... extras casting
Vanessa Moy .... casting assistant
Rita Powers .... new york extras casting
Céline Touraine .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Floriane Balay .... additional dresser
Renata Bicz-Bouchaux .... dresser (as Rénata Bicz Bouchaux)
Myriam Boucher .... additional dresser (as Myriem Boucher)
Delphine Capossela .... additional dresser
Nathalie Chesnais .... chief dresser
Sarah Cuno .... assistant costume designer: New York
Jonathan Gain .... dresser
Angélique Harnois .... dresser
Doris Homburg .... additional dresser
Sandrine Langen .... additional dresser
Virginie Le Metayer .... additional dresser (as Virginie Lemetayer)
Jacky Ledevehat .... shoes
Girish Loljeet .... dresser
Clara Malapa .... additional dresser
Gaelle Martin .... additional dresser
Marie Morel .... additional dresser
Tina Morel .... dresser
Aurélie Morille .... additional dresser (as Aurelie Morille)
Elen Pavlovic .... additional dresser
Julien Reignoux .... additional dresser
Laurence Revillion .... additional dresser
Marie Rospabe .... dresser
Marie Louise Ruitz .... additional dresser
Valia Sanz .... shoes
Joanna Texier .... additional dresser
Solene Verdon .... additional dresser
 
Editorial Department
Anne-Sophie Bion .... assistant editor
Romaric Nereau .... second assistant editor
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering
Anita Roth .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Falko Duczmal .... scoring protools engineer
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Dave Foster .... orchestrator
Richard Glasser .... soundtrack album producer
Michael Schubert .... score recorded and mixed by
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michel Arlais .... picture car driver
Dino Bolkovic .... picture car driver
Jean-Claude Charpentier .... picture car driver (as Jean Claude Charpentier)
Martin Grange .... picture car director
Joel Guyon .... picture car driver
Pascal Maller .... picture car driver
Alain Pacitto .... picture car driver
Antony Spano .... picture car driver
Hubert Bernard Tellegen .... picture car driver
Bernard Vaussoue .... picture car driver
Bernard Villedieu .... picture car driver
 
Other crew
Marieta Blaskova .... production accountant
Tanya Blumstein .... dialect coach: Kristen Scott Thomas
Scott Bredengerd .... production assistant: New York
Marion Cecinas .... production assistant
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Brian James Fitzpatrick .... production assistant: new york
Scott Friedman .... production assistant: New York
Conor Griff .... key production assistant: New York
Karim Hussain .... english script translation
Cathy Kerbrat .... production assistant
Michèle Massé .... location scout
Nathalie Nouaili .... location scout (2010)
Manuel Pouet .... location scout
Claire Skowronek .... production assistant: first team: new york
Erin Sweeney .... production assistant: new york
Alain Villain .... travelling car
Louis Zuppardi .... location manager: New York (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ernst Brenner .... in memory of
Ludwig Brenner .... in memory of
Moritz Brenner .... in memory of
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Elle s'appelait Sarah" - France (original title)
"Her Name was Sarah" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust
Runtime:
France:111 min | USA:111 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:12 | Japan:G | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46784)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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The place she is walking through - museum?
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45 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 12 January 2011
Author: Christian Tsoutsouvas from Australia

When the humble home of a poor Jewish family is raided by a vile strand of the French authorities hoping to get in Hitler's good books, their well-meaning daughter Sarah (a heartwrenching Mélusine Mayance) instinctively hides and locks her little brother in the closet to keep him safe from the unspeakable horrors of the Vel d'Hiv detention centre for Jews. It is only after she and the rest of the family seems well beyond escape that she realises the long-term consequences of her decision and is determined to get back to free him, holding onto that precious key relentlessly as she, like thousands of others, tries her hardest to endure the atrocities of the Holocaust. We as the audience follow this earlier part her captivating story – another of those outstanding tales that are of of a personal nature yet have a grand historical context – mostly on our own, with regular cuts to American-born Parisian-resident journalist Julia Jarmond (the masterful Kristin Scott Thomas) who is writing about the events concerned and soon develops a keen interest in Sarah's life. Her segments are much less harrowing, being set in the present day and involving much more trivial complications than those relating to Sarah, and are actually a welcome relief when they come.

Julia's irritating struggle to dissuade her husband (Frédéric Pierrot) from having her get an abortion after she has endured two miscarriages is as poignant a subplot as any in a drama, allowing us to become familiar with her character before we discover the final fate of the girl along with her. Her inquiries lead her to many different people who are linked to these affairs, from her own father-in-law (Michel Duchaussoy) to Sarah's only son (Aidan Quinn), a simple western entrepreneur clueless about his own mother's past. The fact that a handful of these scenes are in English brings another refreshing touch of variety to the film, helping to make it the must-see beautiful cinematic triumph that it is.

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