Sarah's Key

July 22nd, 2011


Sarah's Key

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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.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.3/10 (4,344 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup

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.

Writers: Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Serge Joncour

Kristin Scott Thomas - Julia Jarmond
Mélusine Mayance - Sarah Starzynski
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

Taglines: Uncover the mystery


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Spain] |

Release Date: 22 July 2011

Box Office Details

Budget: €10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $115,708 (USA) (24 July 2011) (5 Screens)

Gross: $17,511,906 (Worldwide) (28 August 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: France:  | USA:

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.

User Review

Very worthy movie

Rating: 8/10

The movie deals with a harrowing episode in European history in a convincing fashion. It cleverly shifts from the past to the present, all the while building towards a tidy conclusion that ties up most of the loose ends, but leaves the audience guessing about the possible future of some of the main characters.

I was slightly disappointed that a few of the present day scenes were a little too frivolous for a movie that was built around such a tragic episode. However some good may come from this if it makes the movie more accessible to the younger audience, who might not be aware of all of the horrors of Jewish persecution during WW2.


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