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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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Tatiana De Rosnay (novel), Serge Joncour (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sarah Ber ... Rachel
Arben Bajraktaraj ... M. Starzynski
Karina Hin Karina Hin ... Zoé
James Gerard James Gerard ... Mike Bambers
Joseph Rezwin Joseph Rezwin ... Joshua (as Joe Rezwin)
Kate Moran ... Alexandra
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Storyline

One of the darkest moments in French history occurred in 1942 Paris when French officials rounded up over ten thousand Jews and placed them in local camps. Eventually, over eight thousand were sent off to German concentration camps. As ten-year old Sarah (Mélusine Mayance) 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 Jarmond (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This was the most successful French movie in the Netherlands, due to the popularity of the book on which this movie was based, until The Intouchables (2011) took the record. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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.
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Alternate Versions

The UK Blu-ray release has approx 9 minutes cut from the film compared to the French version. See more »

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Moonlight Magic
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Performed by Alan Moorhouse
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atrocities require complicity
30 August 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Elle s'appelait Sarah" ("Sarah's Key" in English) focuses on an American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) trying to find a French-Jewish girl who got rounded up by the Vichy government but escaped the camps. So, the journalist travels from place to place to try and learn what became of Sarah, and the full story of Sarah's locking her brother in a closet so that he wouldn't get arrested. The main point that the movie makes is not only the links that we have to past incidents, like the apartment that the journalist buys, but that atrocities require complicity. In this case, France's Vichy government was perfectly happy to assist the Nazis in the genocide against anyone whom the Nazis considered inferior.

Does the movie have any downsides? Well, maybe jumping back and forth between the present and the past is a little confusing, but it doesn't really drag the movie down. To be certain, I had never heard of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup before seeing "Sarah's Key". The main that is that this is part of history, it and needs to get told so that it never happens again. Really good movie.


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Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian | German | Yiddish

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,708, 24 July 2011

Gross USA:

$7,693,187

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,792,815
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2.35 : 1
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