Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

Gilles Paquet-Brenner (2010)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Kristin Scott Thomas has always comfortably switched between English- and French-language films, but in recent years the more rewarding roles have tended to come from across the Channel, with this moving drama being a good case in point. She's superb as a Paris-based US journalist who is preparing an article on the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of 1942, when thousands of Jews were arrested by French police and transported to camps. To her horror, she learns that her own husband's family appears to be implicated in the shameful episode, with their old home holding a dark secret involving a young Jewish girl (Mélusine Mayance). Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner subtly contrasts Scott Thomas's modern-day investigation with the tragic wartime experiences of Mayance's title character, to show how one innocent mistake can resonate across time.


An American journalist living in Paris tries to trace the fate of the Jewish family who lived in her house during the Second World War before they were rounded up in the Vel d'Hiv mass arrests. Her research reveals some troubling facts about the actions of her husband's relatives during the occupation. Drama, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Melusine Mayance. In French, English, German and Italian.

Cast & Crew

Julia Jarmond Kristin Scott Thomas
Sarah Starzynski Mélusine Mayance
Jules Dufaure Niels Arestrup
Bertrand Tezac Frédéric Pierrot
Edouard Tezac Michel Duchaussoy
Geneviève Dufaure Dominique Frot
Mamé Gisèle Casadesus
William Rainsferd Aidan Quinn
Mme Starzynski Natasha Mashkevich
M Starzynski Arben Bajraktaraj
Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner
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Other Information

Language: French, English, Italian, German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Aug 2011