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Sarah's Key [Blu-ray]

Kristin Scott Thomas , Mélusine Mayance , Gilles Paquet-Brenner    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup
  • Directors: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTNP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An intrepid journalist brings the past to life in this gripping drama. An American based in Paris, Julia Jarmond (Tell No One's Kristin Scott Thomas) has been working on a piece about a French atrocity while planning to move into an apartment that belongs to her husband Bertrand's family. During the course of her research, she finds that 10-year-old Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance, a sparky presence) lived in the same Marais flat until 1942 when French authorities wrenched Jewish citizens from their homes during the notorious Vél d'Hiver Roundup (Julia's daughter is only a year older). Unbeknownst to anyone but her parents, Sarah locked up her 4-year-old brother in a hidden closet in hopes of returning to set him free him later, but the trio ends up in a transit camp en route to Auschwitz. Sarah will eventually escape, but the years to come will not be easy. In adapting Tatiana de Rosnay's novel, director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the son of a deportee, moves back and forth between Sarah and Julia, who finds out she's pregnant in the midst of trips to Florence and New York, but Bertrand doesn't share her joy. A French farmer (A Prophet's Niels Arestrup) and a food writer (Aidan Quinn) also figure into Sarah's story, which merges with Julia's as she finds a way to carry on her legacy. Much as in Julie and Julia, the past proves more compelling than the present, though Scott Thomas holds the narrative together with the force of her talent. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Oscar® nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long, The English Patient) stuns in this incredibly moving drama.

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard – their secret hiding place – and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty seven years later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond (Scott Thomas), an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her family’s future.

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitively handled film about a dreadful time 5 Dec 2011
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I haven't read the book from which this film was adapted, so am purely assessing my reaction to the movie itself. Based around a 'hidden' piece of French history - the infamous events of July 1942 in Paris, the Vel d'Hiv round-up and processing of Jews to the camps, carried out not by the Germans, but the French themselves, the film is interesting in that it abjures easy black and white conclusions. The central character, an American journalist in the present day, married to a Frenchman, and resident in Paris, replies to a young American colleague's condemnation of those war-time Parisians 'And what would you have done at that time?' - recognising that the real horror is how the possibility for evil acts belongs not 'out there' but is latent in each of us. The star of this film,the bank-roller, is Kristin Scott-Thomas, and she is magnificent - but each of the actors, whether English or French speaking, delivers truthful, intense and interesting performances.

Part of the challenge and fascination of the movie lies in the constant shifting time-scale, from 1940's Paris to 60 years later, where Scott-Thomas's character, with moral decisions of her own to face, gets drawn into an investigation from the past, the events of which impinge directly on her life in present day, as her husband's family flat was 'acquired' after the expulsion of the Jews. The sense of rugs being pulled from under feet, the insecurity of the present, and how the past and the present are tied to each other - and yet strange to each other, is intensified by the two-languages of the movie - partly in English, partly in French, so there is always the sense of Scott-Thomas trying to straddle the divides of language and culture, to communicate across time and space.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Its 1942 and France is under the Nazi jack boot, yet thanks to the plucky resistance the fascists are being thwarted at every turn - or not as it turned out. This is a tale that has its roots in the now infamous round up of the Jews of Paris in the summer of 1942. They were mostly women and children and were herded into the city's velodrome, where they were kept in stifling temperatures with no amenities, including lavatories, food and water.

Sarah is living in a building in the Jewish quarter with her parents and younger brother. When the gendarmes came calling, she hid him in a wardrobe, locking him in and taking the key. Once they reached the velodrome they realised their mistake in having left little Michelle behind. The Jews were then taken to transit camps before finally going to the death camps including Auschwitz. This was all done by the French authorities, albeit at the behest of their Uber Lords.

Meanwhile in the modern day, Julia Jarmond's (Kristen Scott-Thomas) husband has inherited that self same apartment from his ailing mum. Julia is working for a new French magazine and is doing a piece on the `round up' and has done some digging as to who these people were who had been in her new home.

The story flits back and forward telling the ordeals of Sarah and her fellow captives, in line with the unfolding truths that Julia finds increasingly difficult to accept. This is an extremely well acted and crafted film that deals with an emotional scar on the French psyche in an open and honest way. President Mitterrand actually apologised for French complicity in these deportations of 76,000 Jews. It took that long for France to face up to that part of her past, but at least she did it.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An experience 14 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I lived through the times in this movie, and would have been about the same age as Sarah, but we were unaware of what was happening in France, and even after the war I never knew how much the french police cooperated with their conquerers. I saw this movie because I feel i can rely on the choices of Kristin Scott Thomas. She very rarely disapoints. I found the movie very harrowing, but also imformative. Normally I dislike the going back and forwards in time in movies, but here I welcomed the relief. It held my interest right through, and was so pleased for the happy ending. I got so interested in the subject I purchased the DVD of THE ROUND UP, which is very good, although SARAH'S KEY is more personal, you reaaly get to care for little Sarah, and you also admire her determination to save her even smaller brother. The movie lived with me for days after seeing it. I know how people say " It's not as good as the book!" But reading a book you imagine how the charcters will look, also a book can go into more detail, so readers are going to be disapointed in any movie. I did not read the book and found the movie to be an experience! And isn't that what the author intended? I have already pre ordered the DVD on Amazon
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful film 16 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Have just seen this film after reading the book. It lived up to my expectations. It was beautifully and sensitively filmed and very harrowing at times, It was very true to the book. To criticise it because it is in sub titles beggars belief. The book is a translation from French so naturally the characters would speak French.
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