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Sarah's Key digs into Nazi history 

Story set in two time periods crackles with intensity

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Sarah’s Key presents Kristin Scott-Thomas as an American journalist whose research on a story about a mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris leads takes an unexpected detour into her husband’s family history. Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner toggles between her story and flashbacks depicting a young girl taken in the Vel d’Hiv Roundup who manages to escape from a French-run deportation camp. The scenes of the past work better than those set in the present---the girl’s survival story crackles with urgency and energy that the rest of the film can’t match. Still, Scott-Thomas is intelligent and sensitive as a woman who pays an emotional toll for unearthing buried secrets, helping Paquet-Brenner craft a cinematic reminder of why tough stories need to be told.


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