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Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist married to a Frenchman, is commissioned to write an article about the notorious Vel díHiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah. Julia learns that the apartment she and her husband Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrandís family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers - especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive - the more she uncovers about Bertrandís family, about France and, finally, herself.
Sarahís Key is based on the book by Tatiana de Rosnay. "Sarah's Key tells the story of a 1942 Jewish family being evicted from their home in Paris and sent to a camp and a modern-day reporter trying to determine what happened to the little girl in the family. The story revolves around the little girl, Sarah, trying to determine the fate of her brother.
"Sarah's Key" can be called many things, from powerful to captivating and realistic. To go into details over what happens in the film would only ruin it for those waiting to see it but it's easily one of 2011's best films. The weaving of the two main story lines, one past and one present is flawlessly brilliant and the entire cast give wonderful performances. Kristin Scott Thomas is an amazing actress and she proves Oscar worthy once again, lets hope the academy takes notice. both French and English languages are in the film but it's never an effort to read the subtitles, I mention that only because I know some people do not like to have to read when watching a movie.
"Sarah's Key" is a terrific film that's a must-see for anyone that loves cinema. I stated before that I wasn't going to go into plot details and I am not so I will close out this review by saying if you like a good drama then you're going to love this film...it's engaging from it's opening scene till the final credits begin to roll.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray come with the Bonus Feature:
The Making of Sarah's Key
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
**** Out Of *****