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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sarah's Key (Elle s'Appelait Sarah) by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2010 (PG-13)

with Kristin Scott Thomas (Bel Ami, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Partir, The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer), Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup (Farewell, Un Prophete, War Horse), Frédéric Pierrot (The Girl from Paris), Michel Duchaussoy, Dominique Frot, Natasha Mashkevich, Gisèle Casadesus, Aidan Quinn
Duration: 111 minutes

Paris, 1942: To protect her brother from the police arresting Jewish families, a young girl hides him away, promising to come back for him. Sixty-seven years later, her story intertwines with that of an American journalist investigating the roundup.

This movie makes an important point from the start, this is not about Germany, this is about what happened in France, with French people from both side, behaving the way they did, and about the lack of that historical memory from French people of our current generation, blurring the role and responsibility that we had collaborating with Nazis and facilitating the extermination of Jews, in for example the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. It is a very human sad story, unfortunately too true, with, thank god, a minority ready to take risks and protect the few that managed to escape. The dark secret of Sarah is traumatic since we see it at the beginning of the movie and we never talk about it for more than half of the movie, while the story goes on. Kristin Scott Thomas is great as a journalist that turns out to be too close to the story, confronted to the family of her husband. It is an important movie for the reality it finally shows with a perspective on nowadays oblivion.

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