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on 25 March 2017
I'm so happy that i watched this beautiful film. I'm also very happy to learn what happened on that day in Paris :( It was so sad when the old French lady said: " What could we do"? "Call the police"?
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VINE VOICEon 18 December 2011
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Kristin Scott Thomas seems cursed with playing women suffering. In this case a terrible topic (the treatment of French Jewish women and children in 1942 by the French Vichy authorities) is showcased by the life of the American journalist following up on the case 60 years after. The story of the young Jewish girl, Sarah Starzynski, desperate to get back to the Marais and release her brother from the closet in which she locked him (the key of the title) is brilliantly told. You get the full "The Pianist" effect where one feels this event through one pair of eyes. One sees the squalor and the terror, one sees the family fall apart as opportunities to save the brother are squandered with the best intentions. The story is tremendously effective and very well acted.

However, woven into this story is that of the journalist who pieces together the story (there is a Ninth Gate element here). Julia is prey to swarms of pre-Recession First World problems: a husband with other aims, children she can abandon at the drop of a hat, a life in which work can be abandoned for other pursuits and continents crossed and re-crossed for a ten page story with a two month deadline. Never, since Tintin wrote for "Le Petit Vingtième" has journalism appeared so much a relaxed pursuit. The contrast between the two women, Sarah and Julia, is perhaps the point of the story, but I have my doubts. But whatever ones view, the film remains well worth watching for the reminder of what Petain permitted put very firmly in a human context.
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on 3 April 2017
A lovely story. Based on true facts, it could very well be a true story. Well directed.
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on 25 September 2013
The story line is good, which is not easy given the many and varied approaches already taken to the holocaust, and the acting is also good.

The 10 yr Ms Mélusine Mayance is the best part of this film - she going to be a force to be reckoned with in the very near future, especially as I would say her acting skills today already out pace 95% of Hollywood actors. Ms Kristin Scott Thomas is also good but shows signs of tiredness, which is a pity given I have always respected her acting. It would have been nice to have seen Ms Mayance and Ms Scott Thomas acting opposite each other, which was obviously not going to happen in this film.

Unlike many commentators, I will not compare book and film. This is a waste of time and should not detract from one's ability to enjoy a film taken from a book. People who expect any commercial film to match their personal interpretations of a book are living in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
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on 6 May 2018
An emotional film that tells the story of the second world war and how the Jews were treated by the French police, a part of history I wasn't as aware of I must admit. Sad and very well told, the film cleverly weaves in and out of past and current plot to tell the story and within a very short time, I was hooked and wanted to know the outcome. So pleased I watched this - remembering and respecting the plight of many thousands of Jews during this time. Hadn't realised it was mostly French with English subtitles but that didn't stop the flow of the film - few tears at the end.
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on 11 December 2015
Moving, evocative and thought provoking about a terrible time in our recent history. The personal horrors of war are revealed to us within a story spanning generations of a family whose history coincides with the story a journalist is discovering in her own life. Most certainly worth watching.
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on 25 August 2015
This part of history was new to me. I's easy to blame the Nazis for all the atrocities, but one forgets that very little would have been possible without the cooperation of the ordinary people that were subjugated in the 2nd World War and who were, to various degrees, forced to do unspeakable things. This film provides a platform for telling a heartbreaking story that deserves to be told. With regards to the comments that "it's not as good as the book" or the "DVD quality is rubbish" or it was "boring" or "too Hollywood"; are we not missing the point here? We should be paying our respects to the memory of Sarah and her family and all the families referred to in the film and in the book. Don't these negative comments just seem a little shallow and thoughtless?
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on 18 October 2015
Such a sad but also uplifting story about a terrible time in history. Like many people of my generation I know much less than I should about the plight of the Jews during ww2 and this story of Sarah gives a window into the world of a young family during that time.
This film is beautifully acted and although sad at times I agree with the sentiment at the beginning that some stories must be told or they will be forgotten. Other review`s will tell you the plot of the story, I will just say watch this film, It will lift your heart and remind you to care.
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on 13 March 2017
Intriguing plot. Touching story. A movie that skims over the holocaust from a diverse perspective and which focus more on the strong power of memories and personal relationships.
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on 26 May 2018
Beautifully told story that reveals itself with graceful ease.

I don't generally like movies that keep switching between the past and the present but here it is done so well.

This is a story that stays with you long after you have finished watching it. A little known gem of a movie.
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