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TIFF Movie Review: Sarah’s Key

Kristin Scott Thomas is a journalist obsessed by the story of a Jewishgirl called Sarah, whose story of sacrifice and love during the Nazioccupation of France reveals the grim realities of French collaboration.

Sarah’s Key
Genre:
Drama
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Aidan Quinn
**1/2

Kristin Scott Thomas is a journalist obsessed by the story of a Jewish girl called Sarah, whose story of sacrifice and love during the Nazi occupation of France reveals the grim realities of French collaboration. She locks her infant brother in a cupboard to hide him from police rounding up Jews to send to French labour camps, a fate she and her parents cannot escape. But Sarah makes a daring daylight escape and begins her walk to Paris to find and save her brother. Cut to modern day: Thomas' focus on the riddle of Sarah's later life takes its toll on her marriage and career. It's an earnest film illuminated by top notch performances by Thomas and Quinn, but falls short of a gem.

 
 
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