Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance
Sarah’s Key is a well-intentioned, muddled, and self-important drama that attempts to spin a feel good story out of a contemporary reporter uncovering a particularly harsh tale of Holocaust survival. Kristin Scott Thomas stars and brings with her an air of British thespian legitimacy, but none of her wry smirking or pained emoting can conceal the fact that the film is a big screen TV melodrama with director Gilles Paquet-Brenner never more than a few seconds away from a scene of weepy manipulation. Admittedly, some of the Holocaust material is chilling and most of the lead actors do good work. Unfortunately, any effective material is wasted on yet another movie that needlessly turns historical atrocity into big screen sentimentality.